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, as the last haggard rebels surrendered and their leaders were shot, a powerful narrative was born and Ireland was launched into a new world. ...
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Overview

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, as the last haggard rebels surrendered and their leaders were shot, a powerful narrative was born and Ireland was launched into a new world. Scraping away layer upon layer of myth, Easter 1916 reveals an Ireland polarized, confused, and fearful, hovering on the brink of war between Nationalists and Unionists, and presenting Britain with a seemingly insoluble problem. With the world’s attention on the First World War, a group of exceptional Irish men and women—from the eloquent intellectual Patrick Pearse to the revolutionary socialist James Connolly—decided to take the actions that turned a peaceful provincial city into a bloody battleground and then into a national capital. The repercussions of these events we still feel today. With 8 pages of black-and-white photographs.
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Editorial Reviews

Word Power
Vivid, authoritative and gripping, Easter 1916 is a major work.
Library Bookwatch
Summarizes some forty years of scholarship on the topic, adding its own dramatic flair and insights. . . . A quite vivid reenactment.
Blue Ridge Business Journal
Marvelously rendered. . . . Townshend strips away . . . myth and tells the real story, which intensifies with the truth.
Livejournal
Anyone interested in Irish history, of whatever political views, should be grateful to [Townshend] for pulling this material together and . . . for the wealth of detail.
Dublin Sunday Times
Townshend's is a dramatic story excellently told...that brings the reader back on the streets of the capital as a series of events changed forever how people on the island of Ireland would live their lives.
CHOICE
Remarkably evenhanded and insightful. . . . The definitive study of the topic for all students of Irish History.
The Irish Times
Authoritative and compelling. . . . He writes with great clarity and has mined a formidable array of primary source material.
Historywire
Townshend is the first author to use the full compendium of the Irish Bureau of Military History records.
Journal of Military History
This is a crisply written, balanced, and well-organized study.
Times Literary Supplement - Roy Foster
Enthralling and definitive . . . he writes with soldierly clarity but also delivers an emotional punch.
Guardian - John Banville
The definitive account. . . . The book is fantastically detailed yet wonderfully readable.
Catholic News Service - John H. Carroll
The author may or may not have seen active military service but his interpretation of small unit actions and close-in fighting is sharp and realistic.
San Diego Union-Tribune - Martin Zimmerman
Peeling back the mythology to uncover the history.
Socialist Review - Paul O'Brien
Townshend provides the most comprehensive and considered account of the rising, set in its time and place.
Newsfromnowhere.Org - Mark Mitchell
Easter 1916 brings to life the group of remarkable men and women whose actions changed their nation forever.
Times Literary Supplement - Michael Howard
[Easter 1916] is not an under-studied topic, but Townshend handles it with a mastery of the background and the sources that makes his work exceptional.
Choice
Remarkably evenhanded and insightful....The definitive study of the topic for all students of Irish history.
Library Bookwatch
Summarizes some forty years of scholarship on the topic, adding its own dramatic flair and insights....A quite vivid reenactment.
Journal of Modern History
[An] authoritative study of a key episode in Irish history, portrayed with poise, erudition, and sound judgment by a fine historian.
—David Fitzpatrick
Journal Of Military History
This is a crisply written, balanced, and well-organized study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566639651
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/16/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 372,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Townshend is professor of international history at the University of Keele in England, where he has built a reputation as one of the world's foremost authorities on the history of Ireland and especially the relationship between Ireland and Britain. His books include The British Campaign in Ireland, 1919–1921; Political Violence in Ireland; Ireland: The Twentieth Century; Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction; and Desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia.

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