Agony at Easter: The 1916 Irish Uprising

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9780025266506: Agony at Easter: The 1916 Irish Uprising

A minute-by-minute account of the "terrible beauty" of the Easter Uprising, the beginning of the first successful revolution in twentieth-century Europe. On Easter Monday, a half-trained army bearing pikes, old rifles, and home-made grenades, and led by poets and intellectuals, launched an invasion of Dublin's General Post Office -- the most strategically useless building in the city. The rising had been scheduled for Easter Sunday, but had to be postponed one day because nine-tenths of the army refused to answer the call. But the pitiful band of revolutionaries who did respond, were convinced that through their defeat and death they would arouse the Irish people to a successful fight for independence. They were, amazingly, right. Out of Ireland's "Agony at Easter" in 1916, came the twentieth century's first successful revolution against imperialism.

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