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- Print Length: 73 pages
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- Publisher: Celtic Dreams; 2 edition (March 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B6QDZP8
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Petticoat Rebels of 1916: Extraordinary Women in Ireland's Struggle for Freedom Kindle Edition
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There are numerous typos that a spell check would not catch ex. "along" in stead of "a long", Banana Strand in stead of Banna Strand etc. You have to proofread.
There are factual errors. Something could not have occurred during World War I in 1913. The war did not begin until 1914.
Long vague paragraphs are not tied to a specific place or time and seem a temporal: several different events squeezed into a single paragraph. Important occurrences are glossed over while minor events are elaborated on.
This topic is important and deserves a much better presentation.
The book is informative and explains the factors behind the Gaelic revival, the importance of the debate around conscription in Ireland during WW1, the motivations of the proponents of home rule versus independence, and the controversial links between some leaders of the Irish Rebellion and the Germans. It also reveals some interesting paradoxes, such as the fact that many Irish patriots actually grew up in wealthy Protestant families with strong ties to England. The author very much focuses on the female organisations supporting the Irish movement, including the political tensions between competing groups.
I found the first chapters of the book a little difficult to follow for someone like me who does not have much background on Ireland in the 1910s. For instance, there are several references to the "Lockout" without a clear explanation of what it is, so I had to make some research on the internet to find out that it was a major dispute between Dublin's workers and several employers in 1913. The chapters are organised thematically rather than chronologically, which results in several repetitions and can be confusing if you are not familiar with the basic chronology of the Easter rising. I also regret that the author only lists a few bibliographical references at the end of the book, without quoting her sources in the text. This is really a pity because the book seems well documented and includes quotes from primary sources like private correspondence.
What I enjoyed most about "Petticoat Rebels" is the way the author seeks to right some wrongs by uncovering the stories of the women volunteers whose contribution to Irish independence has largely been forgotten. I had never heard of Kathleen Lynn, Sidney "John" Gifford, Elizabeth O'Farrell, Nellie Larkin, or even Constance Markievicz (although I now know that the latter and a few others left traces to posterity). The author tells of their sacrifices and achievements with a certain empathy, while acknowledging some of the darker aspects of the Rebellion (like the killing of innocents or the ties with Germany).
All in all, I would not recommend Brighid O'Sullivan's book as a first introduction to the Easter Rising and the history of Irish independence, but I think it is a worthy read for those who want to know more about the women of the Rebellion. In fact, if it were a little more didactic, it could almost be a "companion book" to the Netflix series!
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