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The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918

The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918

John Borgonovo

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This study synthesises different themes of Cork’s History into a single compelling narrative that explains the war’s destabilising effects on one Irish city during 1916-1918.

The city of Cork experienced a political odyssey between Easter 1916 and the end of 1918. Irish Republicans evolved from a marginalized minority into Cork's unquestioned political masters.

The First World War created the context for this political transformation in Ireland's third-largest city. Wartime policies conceived in London manifested themselves unexpectedly in Cork: the Defence of the Realm Act was used to repress political speech; deficit spending generated massive inflation; mandatory arbitration encouraged workers to join trade unions; food rationing panicked a country scarred by the Potato Famine; and military conscription generated virtual rebellion. As a result, the Cork public increasingly turned against the war.

The book examines the political situation in Cork prior to the Easter Rising; local reactions to the rebellion; the rapid creation of the Republican mass movement; the dramatic decline of the Irish Party; the explosion of anti-authority street rioting; the mobilisation of women in the independence struggle; disturbances against venereal disease treatments and visiting American sailors; the emergence of radical trade unionism; agitation over the retention of local food supplies; the nationalist mobilisation during the Conscription Crisis; and Sinn Féin's triumph in the 1918 General Election.

While previous scholarship has analysed these themes in isolation, this study synthesises different strands into a single compelling narrative that explains the war's destabilising effects on one Irish city during 1916-1918.

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Author John Borgonovo
Publisher Cork University Press
Publication date 1 Apr 2013
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781909005822

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