The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918


The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 by John Borgonovo is published today by Cork University Press

But first let me tell you more about the book. Using Cork in Ireland as a case study, The Dynamics of War and Revolution considers how the First World War brought about political revolution in Ireland. It explores wartime failures of constitutional nationalism; anxieties over food shortages; explosions in radical trade unionism; the effect of repressive government security policies; rising public expectations for self-determination; the creation of a mass independence movement; and strident opposition to military conscription that effectively overthrew the old regime.

For the first time, the Irish Revolution is viewed through the prism of First World politics, yielding results that will surprise students of both subjects.

– It is the first work to explicitly argue that the Irish Revolution was directly caused by the First World War

– Explains why Irish public opinion swung so quickly towards independence from 1916 to 1918

– Examines the rich tapestry within an Irish city’s political and social life during the turmoil of the First World War period


John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History, University College Cork

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