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5.0 out of 5 stars Erin-Go-Bragh, 6 July 2004
This review is from: The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism (Paperback)
Kee has written a book that is clear, lucid and interesting over about 750 pages (discounting the appendices). He only just fails to hide the ridicule he feels for the noble sacrifice of 1916, when brave Irish souls fought for their own people, instead of giving their lives for nothing in a capitalist-imperialist war, dying for a country that had oppressed them for over 400 years.
However, if you can ignore that, this book is still a must-have if you wish to learn about a subject that has never been taught in English schools.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2013 18:47:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 18:51:47 GMT
You write "a subject that has never been taught in English schools" - and that still to this day is not taught in Protestant schools in the north of Ireland, where the poor children are taught that they are British and that their history is the history of British kings and queens and the British Empire, etc.

I was brought up in schools like that and have spent the rest of my life making up for the nonsense I was taught. Robert Kee's book has been a big help.

Posted on 20 Jun 2015 13:27:08 BDT
Norvik_1602 says:
This review (and the comment from our 'exile' in London) sums up for me how someone can read a 750 page history of Ireland and still remain utterly ignorant & devoid of reason.

In 2004 to regard the 'Easter Rising' as a 'noble sacrifice...fought for their own people' instead of the sordid, sectarian fascist/Bolshevistic attempted putsch that it was beggars belief.

Given that, presumably, Redland "paullavan" & Tom in London regard England as a wholly foreign country, akin to, say, Guatemala, one wonders why they feel these 'foreigners' should learn Irish history at all. Just so they can be made to feel bad and apologise profusely on Tony Blair (Potato Famine)/David Cameron (Bloody Sunday) lines perhaps?

Of course what he means by 'Irish history' is Irish history which accords solely to the point of view of Irish nationalists. Mind you perhaps there's hope for Redland "paullavan" yet - he only mentions 400 years of oppression, not the usual 900 ;-)
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