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- Print Length : 371 pages
- Publisher : Irish Academic Press (20 Mar. 2019)
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- Language: : English
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This is an extensive survey of this troubled decade in Irish history, where the Irish Citizen Army, along with the Irish Volunteers raised up against our English masters to establish a new nation of proud revolutionaries and republicans through the War of Independence and into a Civil War – which split families and communities.
The Labour Hercules also dissects the Irish Citizen Army’s association with the Anti-Treaty republicans in the Irish Civil War.
This is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the birth of this nation or in revolutionary warfare in Ireland.
Jeffrey Leddin was awarded a PhD by the University of Limerick in 2017, where he is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He was the editor of volume 15 of History Studies, Ireland’s oldest post-graduate history journal.
As reviewed by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald for the May issue of An Cosantoir (The Defender), The Irish Defence Forces Magazine - DFMagazine.ie
Jeffrey Leddin’s latest book charts the rise and activities of Irish Labour’s first urban working-class militia. The Irish Citizen Army came into being as a direct response to police brutality against strikers during the 1913 Dublin lock-out, and it grew as a powerful and well-trained workers’ defence corps. Organised by James Larkin, James Connolly and Jack White, the ICA volunteers presented a formidable force during those troubled years, protecting trade unionists and strikers against the violent attacks perpetrated by the notoriously partisan Dublin Metropolitan Police. Following the defeat of the strikers in early 1914, the ICA joined the struggle for Irish Independence, and the fundamentally different goals of syndicalism and nationalism inevitably became indivisible. The involvement of the ICA in such defining moments of Ireland’s history as The Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Irish Civil War is traced, and the value of its contribution to Dublin’s revolutionary movement is examined, as is the ICA’s relationship with the IRA.
Leddin’s book might well be described as a Herculean labour in itself, representing, as it does, commendably extensive research into a complex and pivotal era of Irish history. It draws on a very wide range of sources. Though it begins with the tumultuous year of 1913, it makes reference to the events and movements which had gone before and which had led up to the parlous state of social and industrial relations in Ireland just before the outbreak of World War One. This remarkably comprehensive work will prove invaluable to anyone studying twentieth century Irish history or, indeed, the era of working-class revolution in a European context, yet it is no dry tome. It is well written and highly readable. Personally, I might have preferred a less cumbersome title, maybe involving mention of The Starry Plough, but perhaps Seán O’Casey’s lyrical phrase has been over-used in other contexts and would be inappropriate in what is a factual, rather than romantic or nostalgic view of the times. To be fair, the book’s title is an apt description of its remit and this is a volume which would be a most worthy addition to anyone’s bookshelf.