The Perspective of the 1920 Olympics in the Nations of Britain

  • Luke J. Harris


The period between the Stockholm and Antwerp Olympics witnessed many significant changes for Ireland, particularly in the manner by which nationalism was expressed across the country. The most significant event with this regard was the ‘Easter Rising’ of April 1916, which witnessed nationalists take over the General Post Office in Dublin on Easter Sunday and proclaim an independent Ireland. Oonagh Walsh believes the event was important to Ireland for a ‘variety of perspectives, not least because the Republic was declared during its course, and because it marked a break in Irish politics between constitutionalism and militarism.’1 This event, along with the attempt to impose conscription upon Ireland in April 1918, in the opinion of Rhodes James transformed the nationalist movement ‘away from limited Home Rule to full independence.’2


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke J. Harris
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  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUK

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