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This year people in Ireland are commemorating the centenary of what became known as the Easter Rising. In April 1916, a small mixed group of Republicans and Socialist-influenced revolutionaries took over buildings in Dublin and declared a Republic. This lead to nearly a week of bitter urban warfare between them and the British army. The immediate result was a loss for the revolutionaries and the execution of 14 of their leaders. Along the way however, their example inspired both the domestic population and others overseas and lead eventually to the foundation of the current 26 county state in the south of Ireland.

There are important lessons and questions regarding the Rising. For example, who should economic and social revolutionaries align with? Can nationalism ever be progressive? Is urban warfare a valid tactical option? If so, when? How does the Uprising tie-in with subsequent events in Irish history? Below are some articles that address these and other key questions form an anarchist perspective:

http://www.wsm.ie/c/1916-connolly-blood-sacrifice-british-imperialism
http://www.wsm.ie/c/1916-dublin-left-republicanism-anarchism-class
http://www.wsm.ie/c/james-connolly-history-irish-left-anarchism
http://www.wsm.ie/content/1916-rising-and-class-struggle-ireland-1886-1923