Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745336329 Published February 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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1916

Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition

Kieran Allen

1916

Kieran Allen

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745336329 Published February 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745336374 Published February 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The Easter Rising of 1916, in which just over a thousand Irish rebels seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed the independence of the Irish Republic before being brutally suppressed by the vastly larger and better-equipped British Army, is an event whose meaning remains contested to this day. For some it represents a blood sacrifice without the hope—or even the intention­—of success. For others, it was the first act in a tumultuous political drama played out in Dublin streets and London cabinet rooms that led to the eventual formation of an independent Irish state.
 
In 1916, Kieran Allen argues that this pivotal moment in Irish history has been obscured by those who see it only as a prelude for a war of independence. Emphasizing an often ignored social and political radicalism at the heart of the rebellion, he shows that it gave birth to a revolutionary tradition that continues to haunt the Irish elite. Socialist aspirations mixed, and sometimes clashed, with the republican current, but both were crushed in a counterrevolution that accompanied the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921. The result today is a partitioned Ireland that acts as a neoliberal tax haven for multinational corporations—a state of affairs quite alien to both Connolly’s and Pearse’s vision.
 
Published to coincide with the Rising’s centennial, 1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition re-establishes the political role of socialist republican figures, offers a highly accessible history of the Easter Rising, and explores the militancy and radicalism that continues to haunt the Irish elite one hundred years later. 
Contents
Preface
1: Ireland Turned Upside Down
2: 1916: Armed Insurrection
3: The Irish Revolution
4: Republicanism and Counter-Revolution
5: A Most Conservative Country
6: The Rise and Fall of radical Republicanism
7: From the Ashes a Phoenix is Born
8: Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Irish Times
"A fluent, indignant book. Allen frames his argument with straightforward energy, slicing through much of the fog that has sometimes obscured the air in this decade of commemoration."
Eamonn McCann, author of War and an Irish Town
"The Easter Rising has been widely mythologised as a handful of visionaries giving their lives to rouse a slumbering nation. But it also represented the ripening of deep-seated contradictions within Irish society. Allen has provided a vivid and vital account of how class shaped the national movement which arose in the wake of the Rising – and thus shaped the Ireland we live in today."
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