• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Causes of the easter rising.

Extracts from this document...


Causes Of The Easter Rising By the time of the rising in 1916 militant nationalists like the IRB had grown disillusioned with the British Government and home rule. Which had continually failed. Although moderate Nationalists were still in the majority of those who supported Home Rule but militant nationalists were on the increase. They realised all that the home rule issue had done was strengthen unionism. During the Gaelic revival the IRB had taken up key positions in the GAA. Which had helped them recruit lots of young nationalists. It had also been strengthened By James Connolly and the socialist movement. During the World War home rule was placed on the back burner and most nationalists supported Britain in the world war. During my essay I am going to explain the short, long and immediate causes of the Easter rising. The long-term causes were the home rule issue. ...read more.


The Gaelic movements like the GAA were not political organisations but IRB men used it as a way to recruit young Nationalists. The last main long term cause was the land question. Back in 1759 75% of the Irish population were Catholic. They only owned 5% of the land. In the 19th century Anglican landlords owned the land, tenant farmers rented it but had few rights. They were evicted in hard times like the Famine. After the 1867 rising British politicians realised something had to be done to stop farmers resorting to militant nationalism. Land acts were passed two thirds of Catholics owned their own land. There were a number of short-term causes like Unionist opposition led by Edward Carson. Who was a strong leader basing his campaign in Ulster. He was determined no part of Ireland would have Home Rule. He stressed that it would be 'Rome Rule'. ...read more.


They also joined volunteers in the rising. The last short term cause was when the home rule bill resurfaced with John Redmond's IPP finally in a position to achieve their dream goal. A third home rule bill was introduced in 1912. Due to the Lords restricted power they could only delay it for two years so it was set to become a law in 1914. As a result in 1913 Unionists formed the UVF. Southern Nationalists responded with the IVF. Civil war loomed but then came World War one and Home Rule was put on the back burner. Both joined British forces hoping their loyalty would be rewarded. World war one was the immediate cause militant Nationalists saw England's Difficulty as Ireland's opportunity. They refused to fight in the war and began to plan a rising against Britain. They were frustrated at home rule being put on hold. I believe the Easter rising was caused as result of Britain not giving the Irish home rule, which would have been seen as enough. Militant Nationalists were frustrated with the delay and planned an uprising. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. What were the causes of the Easter Rising?

    The Boer war between 1899-1902 was a short-term cause. This was a war between the British and South Africans who also wanted to be free from British control and have there own independence. This inspired the Irish to stand up to the British and do what they wanted to do.

  2. The Easter Rising.

    which killed them. The British arrested Republican leaders and banned all talk of independence. However Collins escaped from prison and began a guerrilla war against the British-'War of Independence' and he organised murder squads, bombings and spying, this continued throughout 1919. In September 1919, the British Government banned the Dail and Sinn Fein but the IRA continued its attacks on the RIC.

  1. To What Extent Did The Easter Rising Achieve It's Aims?

    However, the backing of the Irish population occurred only after a few weeks after the rising. The Irish attitudes began to change, which was mainly due to the policies adopted by the British government. Martial Law was introduced in Dublin, where General Maxwell made arrests, imprisonment and executions.

  2. The 1913 lockout, 1916 rising, the treaty of 1921 and the causes of the ...

    The Germans agreed to send arms but not soldiers. At this time Eoin Mc Neill was still against having a rebellion but was heard saying that if the Irish Volunteers were going to be arrested afterwards he would sanction the rebellion.

  1. The Easter Rising of 1916 had profound and far-reaching effects on Ireland's subsequent history

    The men in Ireland were mainly made up of Carsonite Volunteers and British sympathizers, but they were relying on more arms to be shipped from Germany. These were due to arrive between the 20th and 23rd April into Fenit, Tralee Bay.

  2. 1. Why did the IRB and the ICA continue with the uprising despite the ...

    Secondly the rebels thought that the rebellion would succeed because they expected support from Germany who were one of the worlds great powers, and had Britain tied up in the First World War. The British Troops were trained in trench fighting and not used to the guerrilla techniques used in the streets.

  1. The 1916 Easter Uprising

    He said 'Is there no chance of success?' and Connolly replied 'None whatsoever'"17 Pearse had expressed a similar idea in a poem. " ' I have turned my face to the road before me, to the deed that I see and the death I shall die'"18 They were right on both accounts.

  2. Conflict in Ireland - Impact of the easter rising.

    Catholics welcomed the army, woman brought tea out to them; they saw the troops as protection against Protestant mobs and police. But this situation took a drastic turn; by 1971 the Catholics had turned against the troops. Although there were new reforms that were introduced such as: * Part time

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work