Dublin 1916 - The French Connection

WJ McCormack
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This is strikingly original book. All revolutionary movements since 1789 have looked instinctively to the French model. In this book, Bill McCormack demonstrates, with much supporting detail, that the French influence on the Irish Revolution was indeed profound.

This is strikingly original book. All revolutionary movements since 1789 have looked instinctively to the French model. In this book, Bill McCormack demonstrates, with much supporting detail, that the French influence on the Irish Revolution was indeed profound.

However, it was not the French Revolutionary tradition that influenced Ireland but rather that Catholic, royalist, anti-republican tradition in France which was very strong throughout the 19th Century and reached its apogee at the time of the Dreyfus affair.

There were many such French reactionary influences bearing on the generation that made the Irish Revolution, not the least of which were the French teaching orders such as the Holy Ghost Fathers. The version of modern history they promoted was deeply hostile to the French Revolution and to secular republicanism. The events before, during and after Easter 1916 were therefore part of a reaction against modernism and secularism.

Yet by a semantic irony, it came to be called republican. It was never republican in any sense that a continental European would understand. It was, in fact, informed by a reactionary clericalism that sat very comfortably with the actual nature of Irish society.

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ISBN/EAN 9780717154128
Author WJ McCormack
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 15 Oct 2012
Format Hardback
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