Editor says, what if Britain had stayed out of the Great War? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Irish Home Rule 1914 thread.
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Editor says, in authoring this article we explore a central idea from Scott Palter with valuable assists from Jackie Rose and corrections from Ruairi James Heekin. We have also repurposed content from Wikipedia. Canadian journalist and writer Frederick Arthur McKenzie wrote that in poorer areas, "there was a vast amount of sympathy with the rebels, particularly after the rebels were defeated". Thomas Johnson, the Labour leader thought there was, "no sign of sympathy for the rebels, but general admiration for their courage and strategy". The aftermath of the Rising, and in particular the British reaction to it, helped to sway a large section of Irish nationalist opinion away from hostility or ambivalence and towards support for the rebels of Easter 1916. Dublin businessman and Quaker, James Douglas, for example, hitherto a Home Ruler, wrote that his political outlook changed radically during the course of the Rising due to the British military occupation of the city and that he became convinced that parliamentary methods would not be sufficient to remove the British presence.
1) In OTL, renamed O'Connell Street.
2) Also in OTL, all seven signatories were subsequently executed, along with the fifteen leaders of the coup. De Valera was the only surviving Commander. His life was spared only because of his foreign birth. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.