The Secret Court Martial Records of the Easter Rising
By (author) Brian Barton
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Secret Court Martial Records of the Easter Rising by Brian Barton
Book DescriptionFollowing the suppression of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, the British Army court-martialled almost 200 prisoners. Around ninety of them received death sentences, but the death penalty was confirmed only for the fifteen men considered to be the leaders. All fifteen were executed. Until 1999, official British records of these fifteen trials were kept a close secret, and in 2001 further material was released, including the trial of Countess Markievicz and important evidence about the 'shoot to kill' tactics used by the British Army. These records, the subject of heated speculation and propaganda for over eighty years, are clearly presented in this important new edition of From Behind a Closed Door, containing previously unpublished material from archive sources, such as the Bureau of Military History witness statements. The complete transcripts are all revealed, together with fascinating photographs of the Rising, the fifteen leaders and the key British players. Brian Barton's incisive commentary explains the context of the trials and the motivations of the leaders, providing an invaluable insight into what went on behind closed doors at a defining moment in Irish history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750950633
(250mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Barton
Easter Rising, Paperback (March 2011)
"The Easter Rising" is based on an impressive range of original sources, and has been fully revised, expanded and updated in the light of almost 2,000 witness statements only released by the Irish Bureau of Military History in 2004.
Northern Ireland Question, Hardback (January 2009)» View all books by Brian Barton
The book examines how the Belfast Agreement came about and its effect on unionism, nationalism, the paramilitaries, electoral support for local parties and the constitutional position of Northern Ireland. It also considers the extent to which the Agreement may be regarded as an exercise in political cynicism or the basis for lasting peace.
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Author Biography - Brian Barton
BRIAN BARTON was a Senior Research Fellow in Irish History at Queen's University, Belfast, and is now a tutor in History for the Open University. He has also co-written (with Mike Foy) The Easter Rising, which is being re-issued in a new edition at Easter 2011. He lives in Belfast.
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