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Dublin 1916: The French Connection

W.J. McCormack

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ISBN 10: 0717154122 / ISBN 13: 9780717154128
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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. Num Pages: 224 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBR; 3JJ; HBJD1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 215 x 146 x 25. Weight in Grams: 460. . 2012. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780717154128

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Title: Dublin 1916: The French Connection

Publisher: Gill & MacMillan, Limited

Binding: Hardcover

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All revolutionary movements since 1789 have looked instinctively to the French model. The French influence in Ireland was indeed profound, especially in the years leading up to the Easter Rising. However, it was not the traditions of the Tennis Court Oath or Bastille Day that motivated the Irish rebels, but a new French Catholic nationalism which reached its apogee with the Dreyfus Affair (1895). This was a complex reactionary movement, partly religious, partly royalist, and anti-modern. In Ireland, its influence was advanced through the thought of individual visitors, through Catholic teaching orders, and through a vigorous periodical press.

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Bill Mc Cormack has taught at Leeds, Georgetown (DC), Antwerp and Budapest universities, and retired as Professor of Literary History at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2002. He subsequently devoted six years to reviving the Worth Library in Dublin.

His work combines literary and historical concerns, often focusing on neglected yet disturbing topics -- urban Protestant Ascendancy, Casement's diaries, Yeats and continental fascism. Since Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland (1980), biography has featured, notably with Fool of the Family: The Life of J. M. Synge (2000).

In 1992, he edited Austin Clarke's poetry for Penguin. As Hugh Maxton, he publishes poetry and fiction, and is a long-standing member of Aosdana. The Noise of the Fields (1974) was Poetry Book Society Choice; Between: Selected Poems of Agnes Nemes Nagy (1988) won the Laszlo Keri Translation Prize.

His research is increasingly comparative; the present book makes a most original enquiry into Irish-European cultural dynamics.

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