This documentary examines the '1916: Easter Rising in Dublin' and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. It was a seminal event in British as well as in Irish history and its ramifications were felt as far as India and other far flung parts of what was then the British Empire.This documentary takes a fresh look both at the events themselves and their significance in world history. This series will seek to place the Irish Rising in its European and global contexts as anti-colonialism found its voice in the wake of the First World War. This series will also explore the crucial role of the United States and of Irish America in both the lead up to and the aftermath of the events in Dublin. The Irish Rising had reverberations around the world. In its aftermath, anti-colonial movements in places like India and Egypt looked to Ireland for lessons learned. Lenin observed of it: "A blow delivered against the British...in Ireland is a hundred times more significant than a blow of equal weight in Africa or Asia. The misfortune of the Irish is that they rose prematurely, when the European revolt of the proletariat had not yet matured". The story of 1916 and the varied Irish attitudes towards, and participation in, the British imperial project arc such that a much more nuanced and inherently more interesting approach to presenting this narrative is required than has been seen heretofore. This project will broaden public understanding of the historical interconnections between Britain, Ireland and the United States, connections that continued to have significance up to and including the recent Irish peace process.