On Easter Monday 1916, the Irish Citizen Army, aided by two other organizations (the Irish Volunteers and the women’s brigade, Cumann na mBan), launched an armed insurrection against British rule.
After days of fighting, the Citizen Army’s Marxist leader, James Connolly, was seriously wounded, a bullet shattering his shin. Soon after, the Easter Rising ended in defeat.
But despite the uprising’s suppression, and the subsequent execution of Connolly, the revolutionary fervor did not subside. The next half decade saw a mass movement against conscription, a war of independence, the establishment of an Irish parliament, and a wave of worker militancy that produced more than one hundred soviets.
The protagonists behind these struggles sought not merely a break with British rule but a fundamentally different social order. Feminists fought for women’s emancipation, socialists for a workers’ state, and anti-imperialists for an Ireland that allied itself with emergent nations in Egypt and India.
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