Opening with an evaluation of the roots of the Rising, the authors present pen portraits of the leaders and a thorough analysis of their motives, plans and objectives. They challenge the traditional interpretation that these leaders expected military failure, motivated by a desire to provide a 'blood sacrifice' and hoping thereby to rejuvenate Irish nationalist sentiment. A detailed chronological account of the Rising itself vividly recaptures the action in the key locations, giving fresh insights into the actual experience of Easter Week for the rebels, the military personnel who opposed them and the civilian population. The authors conclude by reviewing the British government's reaction to the Rising, analysing the background to the declaration of martial law and assessing the British military response.
The Easter Rising contains transcripts of the courts martial of the rebel leaders, including the cases for the prosecution and defence, plus the testimonies of the witnesses. It graphically describes the execution process and -- drawing on Sir John Maxwell's private papers -- the justification given for imposing the death sentence in each case. Letters, diaries and recollections of participants and eyewitnesses complement the wealth of material drawn from the major archive centres in Ireland and Great Britain.
This important book illuminates every aspect of that fateful Holy Week, providing the first synthesis of this seminal event in twentieth-century Irish history to appear in over a generation.
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Table of Contents
|1||The Planning of the Easter Rising. Part One||1|
|2||The Planning of the Easter Rising. Part Two||24|
|3||The First Morning of the Rising and St Stephen's Green||52|
|5||Jacob's Factory and the South Dublin Union||89|
|6||The Four Courts||110|
|7||The General Post Office||124|
|8||A City at War||161|
|9||The Rising outside Dublin||212|
|10||Suppression, Courts-martial and Executions||218|