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The 1916 Easter Rising in a global perspective: the revolution that succeeded?

3rd  - 5th March 2016 Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge

Between the spring of 1916 and the end of 1923 a number of rebellions and revolutions transformed the social, constitutional and geo-political layout of much of Europe and the Middle East. This transformative cycle was spearheaded by the Easter Rising in Dublin, at the western-most end of Europe, and saw its most celebrated and influential culmination in the 1917 October Revolution in the Russian Empire, whose message was to inspire uprisings all over the world throughout the rest of the century. Yet, by the 1990s the Soviet legacy was in tatters and the Marxist message discredited, while Ireland had become one of the most stable and prosperous democracies in the world. The conference will further explore this apparent paradox in two ways: it will contextualise the Easter Rising between the revolutions of the nineteenth century and those which broke out at the end of the First World War, and it will use this broader perspective to reassess its significance and meaning in terms of Irish culture, politics and constitutional tradition.

Speakers will include Roy Foster, Mary Daly, Peter Clarke, Alvin Jackson, Robert Gerwarth, Bill Kissane and specialists on some of the countries where the ideas and the events of the Rising had a direct impact. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Roskill Lecture, which will be given by Sir John Major.