Sinn Féin Revolutionary, Fianna Fáil Nationalist and Revisionist Zionist
Chapter 2: 1915–1921 - Nationalist Awakening: A Republican Formation in Jewish Dublin, Revolutionary New York and Weimar Berlin
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1915–1921 Nationalist Awakening: A Republican Formation in Jewish Dublin, Revolutionary New York and Weimar Berlin
When Briscoe returned to Dublin from Berlin in the autumn of 1914, he had assumed a cosmopolitanism that separated him from the majority of his fellow citizens. However, despite the fact his father Abraham was a proud supporter of Irish independence, it did not mean he was a supporter of violent rebellion. He had brought his children up in the first decade of the twentieth-century to believe that ‘freedom for Ireland’ was only virtuous if it was achieved by ‘constitutional means’.1 His young native-born son disagreed; Briscoe was fired with the vigour and enthusiasm of youth and had the certainty that independence could only be achieved through a direct confrontation with Britain.
Having said that, although Briscoe was moving towards an active republican involvement, he was still not ready to defy his father’s wishes, and reluctantly agreed to his request to relocate to New York in December 1914.2 Once again Abraham clearly hoped that by removing his son from a republican environment in wartime Dublin and immersing him in the business community of New York, his inclination to pursue an active revolutionary engagement would dissipate. Initially it could be said that Abraham’s ambition was partly successful, as Briscoe quickly established a thriving network of contacts in both the Jewish and Irish Diasporas of New York before establishing a highly profitable factory producing Christmas...
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