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Bitter Freedom

Nonfiction: History/ Europre
Unabridged   14.30 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/17/2016

Bitter Freedom

Ireland in a Revolutionary World

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681681887
Digital Download ISBN:9781681681894


In the tradition of Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919 comes this groundbreaking history of the Irish Revolution. In this invigorating account, Walsh demonstrates how this national revolution captured worldwide attention from India to Argentina and was itself shaped by political, economic, and cultural events.

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Product Description

The Irish Revolution—the war between the British authorities and the newly formed IRA—was the first successful revolt anywhere against the British Empire. This is a vividly written, compelling narrative placing events in Ireland in the wider context of a world in turmoil after the ending of a global war; one that saw the collapse of empires, and the rise of fascist Italy and communist Russia. Walsh shows how developments in Europe and America had a profound effect on Ireland, influencing the attitudes and expectations of combatants and civilians.

Walsh also brings to life what Irish people who were not fully involved in the fighting were doing - the plays they went to, the exciting films they watched in the new cinemas, the books they read, and the work they did. The freedom from Britain that most of them wanted was, when it came, a bitter disappointment to a generation aware of the promise of modernity.

Author Bio

Maurice Walsh is the author of The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. His work has appeared in Granta, the London Review of Books, and the New Statesman. He has held fellowships at the University of Michigan and Oxford University and teaches at Brunel University in London.