The War for Ireland: 1913–1923

The War for Ireland The turbulent and bloody years between and saw the battle for the independence of Ireland This book tells the story of the Troubles and the struggle for power first against the occupying Br

  • Title: The War for Ireland: 1913–1923
  • Author: Peter James Cottrell Brendan O'Shea Gerry White Michael McNally
  • ISBN: 9781846039966
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The turbulent and bloody years between 1913 and 1923 saw the battle for the independence of Ireland This book tells the story of the Troubles and the struggle for power, first against the occupying British forces, beginning with the Easter Rising, and then in a violent and bloody civil war that tore the country apart and whose resonances are still with us today.When theThe turbulent and bloody years between 1913 and 1923 saw the battle for the independence of Ireland This book tells the story of the Troubles and the struggle for power, first against the occupying British forces, beginning with the Easter Rising, and then in a violent and bloody civil war that tore the country apart and whose resonances are still with us today.When the outset of World War I delayed Home Rule for Ireland, a faction of Irish nationalists took direct action On Easter Monday 1916 a rebellion was launched from the steps of Dublin General Post Office and the existence of an Irish Republic proclaimed The British drove the rebels back and they surrendered just over a month later But this was not the end of the issue Irish nationalists in the shape of Sinn Fein and the IRA took political power in 1919 with a manifesto to claim Ireland back from an English foreign government by whatever means they could The Troubles of the Anglo Irish War made heroes of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, who were cast as freedom fighters against colonial oppression While that war ended with the Government of Ireland Act 1920 , and the opening of a separate Parliament in Dublin in 1921, negotiations between Unionists and Protestants over the Treaty were fraught, and divisions between the two Irish factions an open sore When Irish Protestant Sir Henry Wilson, the government s advisor on security matters, was shot dead by two IRA men, civil war followed Terror and counter terror operations ensued and in the short bloody battles of the period there were deaths than in the preceding years of struggle for the Free State.As well as the troubled path to independence and the creation of the Irish Free State, this book includes information on the various factions and the Irish Volunteer Forces.

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    1. I first attempted this book last summer, and ended up skimming it. I came back to it again this Christmas holiday, hoping to better understand the turmoil in Ireland from the runup to the 1916 uprising, through the Anglo-Irish War, and then the Civil War which caused even more devastation. Peter Cottrell both writes and edits, with two other authors contributing. While the book proceeds in general chronological order from 1913 through 1923, the authors include flashbacks and glimpses ahead which [...]

    2. There are many aspects to the history of Ireland in the period 1913 to 1923; social, political, economic, for example. The focus of this book is quite narrowly on the military aspect of the struggle between the Crown forces and the Irish Volunteers (later the Irish Republican Army) in 1916 and again in 1919 to 1921 and the IRA and the army of the newly establish Irish Free State in 1922 to 1923. Some of it might be dry for a reader with little interest in military matters, but this is an aspect [...]

    3. This is a small book for the time period covered, probably because the moralizing and conjecture are limited. At times it is addicted to lists and abbreviations that do not make for interesting reading, but if you don't pay attention the next section of the book will be confusing. However, the narrative sections are written well in concise prose that is quick to read and lively. A very good book about an interesting and horrific period in Ireland.

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