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On Easter Monday of 1916, a thousand Irish men and women, armed with pikes and rifles, took over the center of Dublin and proclaimed a republic. It was a rash, doomed, symbolic uprising, and the rebel leaders knew it. Crack British troops killed and wounded hundreds of the rebels in the week of fighting, and ...
On Easter Monday of 1916, a thousand Irish men and women, armed with pikes and rifles, took over the center of Dublin and proclaimed a republic. It was a rash, doomed, symbolic uprising, and the rebel leaders knew it. Crack British troops killed and wounded hundreds of the rebels in the week of fighting, and British artillery shells left Dublin's city center in ruins.
But the Rising of 1916 was not in vain. The short-lived insurrection and the subsequent executions of sixteen rebel leaders galvanized the Irish people. The overthrow of seven centuries of British rule in Ireland began on Easter Monday, 1916.
In Rebels, Peter de Rosa, author of the bestselling Vicars of Christ, tells the story of the 1916 Rising in all its terror and beauty. With the dramatic flair of a novelist and the scrupulous accuracy of a professional historian, de Rosa brings to life the people, passions, politics, and repercussions of this historic event.
Posted March 12, 2001
Irish-Americans probably know more about the Russian and French revolutions than they know about the forces that led to the establisment of the Irish Republic. Irish pubs and Irish song have glorified heroes and villians, while romanticizing the struggle to fairy tale legend. De Rosa's Rebels gives every Irish-American the perspective they need and should be required reading in every Irish-American home. In an exciting narrative, not often found in a history text, De Rosa strips legend from brutal reality. Indeed, the only thing legendary about the Easter Rising was the bumbling by its leaders and the ultimate sheer waste of human life. Yet, the Rising clearly shows the long term barbarity of the English against the Irish. De Rosa's account of the the street battles in Dublin and the brutal, almost random killing of Irish males, strips the British of the civility they often drape themselves in. With millions of Irish-Americans already in the USA, it's amazing the lack of passion and pure resentment when the British Army -- amazingly against the advice of English political leadership -- begin the daily closed kanagroo trials and almost immediate execution of the Irish leaders. Rebels is a must read for anyone who thinks they know Irish-American history.
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