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Ireland’s Wars: The 1918 Election

It is one of the most noted maxims on war, perhaps said most memorably by theorist Carl von Clausewitz, that military action should always be tied to political objectives, with political direction. Otherwise, it isn’t really war, it’s just mindless, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Conscription

As 1918 began, it was clear that something akin to a political earthquake was occurring in Ireland, thanks to the rise in popularity in Sinn Fein, both in terms of general membership and electoral victories. That year, with the Great … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Young Irelander Rebellion

1848 was a momentous year in Europe. From one end of the continent to the other, governments and regimes were swept up in a series of liberally-pushed revolutions, that overthrew the monarchy in France, ended serfdom in Austria and resulted … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The French Irish Brigade

France in the late 1780’s was a tinderbox just waiting for the right spark. French involvement in the American Revolution and associated conflicts with Britain elsewhere around the globe had left the state near bankruptcy, with the military feeling the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s New Plan And The Fall Of Athlone

1651 came, the weather cleared, but nothing happened. Everyone must have known that another Parliamentarian assault on the Shannon defensive line, led by Henry Ireton, was an inevitability, to make up for his failed effort the first time around. But … Continue reading

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