A Short History of the 1916 Rising
The book explores the background to the rising, the development of the Fenian
tradition running in parallel with the parliamentary tradition,
the effect of the cultural revolution of the early twentieth
century in forming the minds of the men who made Easter
week, the gradual demoralisation of the Irish Parliamentary
Party, and the crucial effects of the Great War.
The book covers the events of the rising on a day-by-day
basis, starting on Easter Sunday — the date originally
set for the start — and continuing through to the surrender
the following Saturday. In an epilogue, Killeen summarises
the executions and the fate of the major survivors on
both sides. He also locates the rising in the Irish
memory, contrasting its high ideals with the reality
of the new state to which it helped give birth.
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