Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion
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Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion

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Ireland s Easter Rising of 1916 is one of the handful of modern historical events that instantly created its own mythology and changed millions of lives forever. Charles Townshend's remarkable new book vividly re-creates this extraordinary time when, as Irish insurgents rose up and occupied Dublin, as British artillery retaliated ferociously and flattened the city center,...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published April 27th 2006 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/601659.html[return][return]I guess most people reading this will at least be aware of what I was brought up to call the Easter Rising (Townshend prefers "rebellion", for reasons which are well argued), most memorably portrayed in the opening section of Neil Jordan's film about Michael Collins (where you may remember that Dev has mysteriously been transported to the GPO from the other side of the river, and the building appears to face south rather than east). A few hun...more
Neil Fox
The approach of the Centenary of 1916 should ensure a fresh batch of writings on the Rising, but I doubt few will come close to being as thoroughly well-researched as Townsend's account. Townsend's 1916 is a definitive, well-documented and impartial account of the rising which cuts through the myth to deliver a factual telling of the events of Easter week 1916, while avoiding any temptation towards revisionism.

The book deals extensively with the events that led to the rising - the radicalization...more
F.R.
The first two chapters of this history of the Easter uprising offer a background to the event, and introduce so many names and characters it’s quite head-spinning. I wanted one of those lists you get in Tolstoy novels to keep everyone straight. However once we’ve moved onto the rebellion itself, despite the chaos on the ground (neither the plans for the Irish or the British have survived to help any twenty-first century historian, indeed the British may not even have had a written plan) then it...more
Syd
Wow, I actually understand that whole Catholic - Protestant thing now. I had no idea that Ireland was so oppressed by the English for CENTURIES. While I was reading about the establishment of English schools and taking Irish children away from their families in an attempt to destroy language, culture and religion, I could not help but think of what happened to the Native folks of this country.
Lauren
This was such a great summary of the Easter 1916 Rebellion. I highly recommend it to anybody who is at all interested in this period of Irish History & Politics or European History & Politics. The Irish case is an interesting juxtaposition to all of the other revolution that took place during or just after World War I.
Justin
Brilliantly researched, but so dense.
James
Really helpful for my A Level History coursework!
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Charles Townshend FBA (born 1945) is a British historian with particular expertise on the historic role of British imperialism in Ireland and Palestine.

Townshend is currently Professor of International History at Keele University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.
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