An intriguing psychohistorical analysis of Patrick Pearse and the Easter Rising of 1916. Patrick Pearse, an important Irish journalist, educator, and artist, came to play the pivotal role in the Easter Rising of 1916. Here Sen Farrell Moran ...
ran examines Pearse within the context of contemporary Irish politics and culture to explain how this unlikely revolutionary became the spokesman of the violent forces within the nationalist movement.
"Moran delves into the psyche of Patrick Pearse . . . to outline a man seeking success if not in this life then in the next. Pearse was executed following the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916, becoming the first modern Irish leader advocating physical force to die for his principles. Moran asks why Pearse, an unlikely hero, did so. . . . As a counter to nationalistic texts, Moran's study fills a niche in academic collections of modern Irish history."-Library Journal
"Lucid, engaging and well researched."-Irish Independent Weekender
"[A]n intriguing character study of Patrick Pearse . . ."-Tom Garvin, Irish Political Studies
"Pearse has been the subject of several biographies, but this is the first to apply the insights of psychoanalysis to either Pearse or . . . any of the other significant figures of 20th-century Irish history. Moran seems well suited to this task."-The Psychohistory Review
Sean Farrell Moran is associate professor of history at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
"Moran moves the process a stage further, combining a close dissection of Pearse's personality with an analysis of the context, or contexts, of his life: the state of Irish nationalism, and the wider European cultural mind at the turn of the century."-D. George Boyce, Albion