History of Britain - Nations & Empire


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9.Easter Rising

The story of Irish nationalism, and of the beginnings of the end of the British Empire. (6.25 mins)

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1. Nationalism: a force to counter imperialism.
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2. Nationalism in Ireland over 300 years. The roots of the 'troubles' - and the Famine.
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3. Political prisoners in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol. Parnell and the failure of Home Rule.
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4. Patrick Pearse and the Easter Rising of 1916. Heroes or traitors?
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5. The British response - and a shift in the public mood. The beginning of the end for the British Empire.

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The opening sequence was filmed outside the GPO in O'Connell Street, the columns of which are still pockmarked with bullet holes from the 1816 rising.

O'Connell Street boasts numerous statues to Irish nationalist heroes, from Daniel O'Connell to Charles Stuart Parnell.


The Parnell sequence was shot in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol, a fantastically evocative place, which demands a visit. The gaol housed prisoners from every major Irish uprising from the rebellion of 1796 onwards. (Oh, and it was where they filmed the Noel Coward scenes of "The Italian Job").


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