Unmanageable Revolutionaries

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"Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism, 1880-1980" provides an accessible exploration of the role of women in the Irish revolution. This updated and expanded edition, richly illustrated with rare archival images, has been described as the definitive account of one of the most fascinating areas of modern Irish history. The Ladies' Land League mobilised thousands of women during the Land Wars, openly challenging their male counterparts to take a more radical path. The women of Inghinidhe na hÉireann, militantly nationalist and outspokenly feminist, demanded their right to have 'a voice in directing the affairs of the nation', making a major contribution to the growing radicalism of a new revolutionary generation. Cumann na mBan activists risked their lives in working alongside their male comrades during the Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. With the emergence of 'the Troubles' in the north of Ireland in the late 1960s, women were once again activists within the republican movement, and again forced to argue for greater equality of status within the movement. This new edition includes an introduction that considers the impact of new source material and advances in research over the past forty years and an additional chapter on IRA women in the 1970s and 1980s, comparing their experiences with the revolutionary women of the past. An engrossing, accessible and informative read.