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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter explores some key themes and historiographical debates concerning the Irish Revolution, 1912–1923. We begin by considering the 1913 Lockout and the 1916 Rising, then attention turns principally to the War of Independence and Civil War. The social, ideological, and ethnic factors that underpinned mindsets and actions during these years are considered, along with the dynamics and types of violence experienced. The important contributions of social and cultural history to scholarly writing on the period are assessed, along with some areas of controversy. Finally, it is argued that the Irish Revolution can only be thoroughly understood when it is situated in the wider context of the cycle of European and global violence that occurred during the First World War and its aftermath.

Keywords: revolution, nationalism, paramilitary violence, civil war, labour unrest, terrorism

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