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Causes of the easter rising.

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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.

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