Sunday, February 21, 2021

Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916 by Peter De Rosa

 Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916 by Peter De Rosa

You hear the word “insurrection” tossed around a lot today. THIS was an insurrection. British artillery destroyed much of central Dublin. I have read a lot of Irish history and took two master’s level courses in it when I was getting my MEd in history. This is bar-none the best account of the Easter Rising I have read. The author is an excellent writer and has drawn in all aspects, not only what was happening in Ireland, but in Britain, Germany, and America. It brings home the immense tragedy of this event. The rebel leaders knew that they would die, but thought their deaths would shift the Irish people against English rule. Amazingly, they did. The 1916 rising was followed by the Irish-British war of 1919-1921, then the Irish Civil War of 1921-23 as the Rebels fought each other over the Free State. The modern Irish Republic and the troubles in the north can be traced to 1916. I highly recommend this book.  

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