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1916 - The Long Revolution by Dermot Keogh, Gabriel Doherty

By Dermot Keogh, Gabriel Doherty

Creation by means of Garret Fitzgerald. This e-book seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the critical defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish background. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment 1/2 the 19th century, and its legacy remains to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. stated specialists on particular subject matters search to discover the layered household and foreign, political, felony and ethical facets of this uniquely influential and arguable occasion. participants are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.

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Back in Ireland, the small group within the IRB known as the Military Council became aware that the Germans had to be convinced of their intentions. 43 Not surprisingly, the Germans were not convinced by their arguments. 44 Plunkett returned to Ireland without any specific German promises. 45 It must be stressed that both men did their best to persuade their allies, but that they largely overestimated the abilities of the German navy. But at the beginning of 1916 events suddenly gathered momentum.

Eventually, the Anglo-Russian Agreement became a reality in 1907. The latter led to the formation of the so-called Triple Entente countries – Britain, France and Russia. 5 From that moment onwards, the German leaders would try to drive a wedge between their rivals but their efforts were not successful. 6 But the Germans were most preoccupied with the United Kingdom and its vast empire, which they considered to be their most dangerous enemy. Would the British interfere if Germany entered a war against France and Russia?

Even after ninety years a discussion, such as we are embarked upon here, is likely to provoke someone. But in a free and peaceful democracy, where complex things get figured out through public debate, that is as it should be. With each passing year, post-Rising Ireland reveals itself and we who are of this strong independent and high-achieving Ireland would do well to ponder the extent to which today’s freedoms, values, ambitions and success rest on that perilous and militarily-doomed undertaking of nine decades ago, and on the words of that Proclamation.

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