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This fascinating history looks at how the lives of ordinary Dubliners were affected by these three major events. Why did so many working-class Dublin men join the British Army? How did the city’s 92,000 Protestants fare in this turbulent time? Dubliners fought on both sides in the Easter Rising. What were their motivations? How did Sinn Féin and the Catholic Church marginalise Labour in the battle for political control of the city after the Rising? Why did so many Dubliners benefit from the British war effort, especially tenement families and working women? Pádraig Yeates discusses each of these in detail and also looks at how the population fed itself during hard times, the impact of the war on music halls, child cruelty, prostitution, public health and much more. The Dublin as we know it was shaped in these years. And this captivating book takes you back to those times to shine a new light on the city today.

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