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The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918
The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918

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Authors: John Borgonovo
Affiliation: University College Cork
Publication Year: Hardback April 2013
Pages: 344 pages
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781909005822


The city of Cork experienced a political odyssey between Easter 1916 and the end of 1918. Irish Republicans evolved from a marginalized minority into Cork's unquestioned political masters. The First World War created the context for this political transformation in Ireland's third-largest city.

Wartime policies conceived in London manifested themselves unexpectedly in Cork: the Defence of the Realm Act was used to repress political speech; deficit spending generated massive inflation; mandatory arbitration encouraged workers to join trade unions; food rationing panicked a country scarred by the Potato Famine; and military conscription generated virtual rebellion. As a result, the Cork public increasingly turned against the war.

The book examines the political situation in Cork prior to the Easter Rising; local reactions to the rebellion; the rapid creation of the Republican mass movement; the dramatic decline of the Irish Party; the explosion of anti-authority street rioting; the mobilisation of women in the independence struggle; disturbances against venereal disease treatments and visiting American sailors; the emergence of radical trade unionism; agitation over the retention of local food supplies; the nationalist mobilisation during the Conscription Crisis; and Sinn Féin's triumph in the 1918 General Election.

While previous scholarship has analysed these themes in isolation, this study synthesises different strands into a single compelling narrative that explains the war's destabilising effects on one Irish city during 1916-1918.

John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History, University College Cork. He is the author of The Battle for Cork, July – August 1922 (Mercier, 2011) (best known for) Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Fein Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921 (Irish Academic Press, 2007); Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence, A Destiny that Shapes our Ends (Irish Academic Press, 2006)

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4 of 5 The Dynamics of War and Revolution September 26, 2013
Reviewer: Ian D'Alton from Ireland  
As we move through our decade of commemorations, detailed and nuanced works of scholarship pertaining to the period are beginning to appear. This important and interesting book is one of them.

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4 of 5 The Dynamics of War and Revolution September 19, 2013
Reviewer: David Fitzpatrick, Trinity College Dublin from Dublin, Ireland  
A welcome aspect of this book is that, unlike most recent studies, it tries to set political changes firmly in the context of the Great War and its social and economic consequences for Cork...is a significant addition to the buckling shelf of Irish revolutionary studies.

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