Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922

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Mercier Press Ltd, 2010 - History - 414 pages
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A comprehensive account of the tragedies, triumphs, politics and conflicts experienced by Irish women during the country's War of Independence and Civil War. It will shock and possibly disturb any romanticised views of their role in this period of Irish history because the reality of the abuse of women within the general population by both sides in both Wars is absent in most histories of the period. But this the 'war on women', which manifested itself in the form of physical and sexual assaults meant that many women suffered a terror that was not confined to armed conflict. The book also explores the separation of republican women during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, into two distinct groups. Cumann na mBan members perceived their role to be purely military and so they did not engage in politics. On the other hand the political women, who by this time perceived themselves as the female political elite, were proactive in pursuit of a significant position in Irish politics, especially when the Sinn Fein party was reformed in October 1917.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Building the Foundation 18651900
13
Claiming the Mantle of the Irish Joan of Arc
37
Proselytism and Nationalist Politics
65
The Spirit of Revolution 19141916
88
Revolution and Repercussion
122
The Irish National
160
Staking a Claim in Republican Politics 1917
177
War 19191921
238
The War on Women
266
From Triumph to Fury
283
Striding Towards a Political Abyss
308
Appendices
330
Endnotes
354
Bibliography
388
Index
403

Attaining their Aspiration
205

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About the author (2010)

Ann Matthews is an historian. Originally from Dublin she now lives inKildare. She currently lectures at NUI Maynooth on 'Women and War' and 'Republican women and iconography'. She has contributed to The Journal of IrishMilitary History and The Irish Archive Journal among others.

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