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Ireland’s Wars: Conciliation And Coercion

Having spent a good bit of time looking at the day-to-day elements of the Irish War of Independence up to the summer months of 1920, now is a good moment to turn away temporarily and look at the higher level. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Black And Tans

1920 was the year that the Irish War of Independence truly became the conflict that it is popularly remembered as. It was to be a year of ambush and reprisal, of atrocities and war crimes, all in pursuit of an … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: British Reactions In 1919

Thus far, we have really only talked about the British side of the Irish War of Independence in a distant manner, discussing them merely as a target for the IRA and as the enemy of “the Republic”. In this entry, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Paris Peace Conference

I finished my coverage of Ireland in the First World War a while ago, with a look at what the “named” Irish units were doing on the day of the armistice, 11th November 1918. The fighting of the First World … Continue reading

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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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