This title examines the role and experiences of the women of Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, who marched out with the Rebels to challenge the might of the British Empire on Easter Monday 1916. "Renegades" details the tragedies, triumphs, politics and conflicts experienced by Irish women during the country's War of Independence and Civil War. It will shock and poThis title examines the role and experiences of the women of Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, who marched out with the Rebels to challenge the might of the British Empire on Easter Monday 1916. "Renegades" details the tragedies, triumphs, politics and conflicts experienced by Irish women during the country's War of Independence and Civil War. It will shock and possibly disturb any romanticised views of their role in this period of Irish history because the reality of the abuse of women within the general population by both sides in both Wars is absent in most histories of the period. But this 'war on women', which manifested itself in the form of physical and sexual assaults meant that many women suffered a terror that was not confined to armed conflict. The book also explores the separation of republican women during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, into two distinct groups. Cumann na mBan members perceived their role to be purely military and so they did not engage in politics. On the other hand the political women, who by this time perceived themselves as the female political elite, were proactive in pursuit of a significant position in Irish politics, especially when the Sinn Fein party was reformed in October 1917....
|Title||:||Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922|
|Number of Pages||:||414 Pages|
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Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 Reviews
Very interesting in parts especially Matthews research of women during the 1916 Rising and the hardships faced by the ordinary non repubican women during the War of Independence. This book is very well researched however it can be mean spirited in parts especially during the treatment of Maud Gonne and Countess Markievicz; although it was hard not to agree in parts about the self obsessed elements of both of their personalities. In addition it drags on in parts with lists of names dominating paragraphs and Matthews only offers a 3 line conclusion after 300 pages of her examination of this topic.
Very intriguing book about the contribution women made toward Ireland's fight for independence. It spans the years from the Easter Rebellion in 1916 to the Treaty in 1922. It seems that women had a very significant role in the Easter Rising. The Treaty and Anti-Treaty sides actually divided the women after the war, and already by the end of the book, there is apparent a trend toward the women being further marginalized. The sequel, The Dissidents, seems to confirm this.
I liked this book, but can't help feeling it's "unfinished". Also, while some of the women's background is explained in great detail, others (especially in the second half of the book) just sort of pop up with no background details given whatsoever. On the other hand, it's well written and certainly an interesting and worthwhile read.