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Author Moran, Sean Farrell, 1951-
Title Patrick Pearse and the politics of redemption : the mind of the Easter Rising, 1916 / Sean Farrell Moran.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, 1994.

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Author Moran, Sean Farrell, 1951-
Subject Pearse, Padraic, 1879-1916.
Ireland -- History -- Easter Rising, 1916 -- Biography.
Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1910-1921.
Revolutionaries -- Ireland -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource (x, 233 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-228) and index.
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Summary Patrick Pearse's role in the development of Irish nationalism remains controversial. Previous historical analysis has tended to view him as either a saint-like father of his country or a disturbing failure whose success was limited to the glorification of violence in Irish nationalism. In each case, historians have not been able to clarify adequately how Pearse, an unlikely revolutionary, came to play the pivotal role in the Easter Rising of 1916. Here Sean Farrell Moran analyzes Pearse within the context of contemporary Irish politics and culture to explain how he became the spokesman of the violent forces within the nationalist movement. Examining Pearse's psycho-social development, his speeches, poetry, and political writings, and his careers as an important Irish journalist, educator, and artist, Moran reveals that Pearse was unprepared for adulthood. Pearse sought to resolve this psychological need in a resolute act that would redeem himself; in the process, he became increasingly preoccupied with violence and death. In his personal search for psychological resolution, Pearse spoke to his time. His quest coincided with the failure of Irish artists, politicians, and republicans to win national independence. This failure led many Irish nationalists to embrace violence as the sole means for personal and national redemption. Pearse articulated his vision of redemptive violence in mythic terms - promising eternal victory - and helped to mobilize republicans for a doomed insurrection. Pearse's achievement has had a lasting impact on the course of subsequent Irish politics and continues to provide both motivation and justification to Irish republicans. At the same time, Pearse brought to Irish politics concerns that were not limited to Ireland. He was deeply concerned that modernity, in an English form, was a threat to Irish values and culture. By embracing the myth of redemptive violence over the dictates of reason and pragmatism, Patrick Pearse vocalized the Irish rejection of modernity at a critical moment in European history. Moran's book represents a major reevaluation of Pearse, the Easter Rising, and Irish republicanism. It is also an important work in European and British intellectual history, with implications for the study of political violence and terrorism.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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ISBN 0813210410 (electronic bk.)
9780813210414 (electronic bk.)
0813207754 (alk. paper)
9780813207759 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 47011240
Additional Format Print version: Moran, Sean Farrell, 1951- Patrick Pearse and the politics of redemption. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, 1994 0813209129 (DLC) 92026449 (OCoLC)26305439

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