The War for Ireland

The War for Ireland

1913–1923

General Military
  • Author: Peter Cottrell, Michael McNally, Brendan O'Shea, Gerry White
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846039966
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 248
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The battle for Irish Independence was not one conflict, but a series of bloody struggles that stretched over a decade. In 1912, Britain passed a law that would bring 'Home Rule' to Ireland. However, with the outbreak of World War I, this law was suspended eventually leading to the Easter Rising and the deadly battle in the streets of Dublin. The heavy-handed nature of the British response to the Rising turned much of the Irish population against Britain. Membership in and support for groups such as the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein swelled. With the aftermath of this war resulting in the Partition of Ireland in 1921 with the south as a dominion of the British crown, the conflict changed in nature, becoming a true civil war between those who accepted the compromise and those who wanted full independence. Backed with numerous photographs and detailed maps, Osprey Publishing presents this complex struggle for Irish Independence in a concise and highly readable format.

Biographical Note

Peter Cottrell joined the Territorial Army while still in school and in 1988 was commissioned into the Royal Navy. In 1995 he transferred to the Army and saw operational service in the Middle East, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, retiring as a Major after twenty-one years naval and military service. He is a qualified teacher with a BA(Hons) in War Studies and his MA History dissertation was a study of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Anglo-Irish Troubles of 1913-22. Michael mcnALLY has had an active interest in Irish history, and military history in particular, from boyhood. He is married with two children and lives in Germany. Brendan O'Shea is a serving officer in the Irish Army, and has recently completed the Command & Staff Course at the Military College, Co Kildare. Brendan is the author of Crisis at Bihac (Sutton Publishing, 1998). Gerry White is a serving Irish Army officer. Gerry is the co-author of The Barracks (Mercier Press).

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Background to War
The Easter Rising
The Anglo-Irish War
The Warring Sides
The Irish Civil War
Conclusions and Consequences
Coming to Terms with the Past
Bibliography
Index

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