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A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–23

 15.00

by Diarmaid Ferriter

Ferriter’s magisterial review of the period, the events and how they have been recorded and sacralised, chronicled, distorted or suppressed…brings the whole period to life with a vividness that reflects the cry of pain of the victim as well as the bombast of the gunman and the rhetoric of the politician…but the real value is in hearing the voices of ordinary people who are suffering…a wonderful book ― Irish Independent

Very illuminating detail…simply setting violent events in context is a step forward. Thoughtful, balanced, even handed ― Irish Times

A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–23

Packed with violence, political drama and social and cultural upheaval, the years 1913-1923 saw the emergence in Ireland of the Ulster Volunteer Force to resist Irish home rule and in response, the Irish Volunteers, who would later evolve into the IRA. World War One, the rise of Sinn Féin, intense Ulster unionism and conflict with Britain culminated in the Irish war of Independence, which ended with a compromise Treaty with Britain and then the enmities and drama of the Irish Civil War.

Drawing on an abundance of newly released archival material, witness statements and testimony from the ordinary Irish people who lived and fought through extraordinary times, A Nation and not a Rabble explores these revolutions. Diarmaid Ferriter highlights the gulf between rhetoric and reality in politics and violence, the role of women, the battle for material survival, the impact of key Irish unionist and republican leaders, as well as conflicts over health, land, religion, law and order, and welfare.

About the Author

Diarmaid Ferriter is an Irish historian, broadcaster and university professor. He has written eleven books on the subject of Irish history, and co-authored another. Ferriter attended St. Benildus College in Kilmacud in Dublin and University College Dublin.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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