Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ireland...a postcolonial nation?

Footage of fighting in Dublin during the Irish Civil War, June 1922 to May 1923. It followed the War for Independence against England, 1919-1921. Yeats wrote "The Second Coming" in 1920. Surely the apocalyptic mood was influenced not only by the recent war in Europe--World War I--and the conflicts that war triggered (e.g. the Russian Revolution) but also by the conflict at home. For almost 400 years the Irish were under the control of the British, who looked down upon the Irish as an inferior people.

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