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O'Farrell, Fergus,

Cathal Brugha / Fergus O'Farrell. - xv, 111 p. ; 19 cm. - Life and times new series .

Includes bibliographic references and index.

The making of Cathal Brugha -- Recover, Regroup, Rebuild: April 1916-November 1917 -- The Irish Volunteers' plan to assassinate the British Cabinet -- 1919: Politics and war -- 1920: 'The man with the quare name' -- 1921 -- Truce to Civil War

Cathal Brugha was a figure of central importance to the Irish Revolution. Active in the Gaelic League, GAA, IRB, and Irish Volunteers, he first rose to public prominence when he led an advanced column of Volunteers in the Howth gun-running of July 1914. He went on to hold important leadership positions during the 1916 Rising, in the Irish Volunteers and in Dail cabinets until his death in July 1922. Despite this, he is almost totally neglected in the history of this period. This is the first dedicated English-language biography to focus on this fascinating figure.Using new archival material from the Bureau of Military History, Fergus O'Farrell documents Brugha's career as a revolutionary. This closely-researched work examines Brugha's complex attitudes to violence as well as illuminating his commitment to political methods. Historians have previously stressed Brugha's commitment to militancy over politics and he has been portrayed as a strong advocate of violence and distrustful of politics. This simplistic outlook is here challenged, showing that Brugha sought to marry force with politics in the pursuit of Irish independence. Publisher

9781910820278 (pbk.) :

GBB8E1119 bnb

018994967 Uk

Brugha, Cathal, 1874-1922


Ireland--History--Easter Rising, 1916.
Ireland--Politics and government--1910-1921.


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