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Ireland’s Wars: Henry Wilson And The Final Descent

After the election of the 16th June, things were up in the air in terms of Ireland’s politics and the prospect of civil war, but in many respects it must have seemed less likely than ever. Politically, the anti-Treaty side … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Treaty Negotiations

The Anglo-Irish Treaty is a document of supreme importance to Irish history. It cannot be understated the pivotal impact it has played on Irish identity, politics and military matters since it was first negotiated, with the impact of its implementation … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Road To The Irish Civil War

We begin now what is called the truce period, that time between the coming into existence of the truce that ended the Irish War of Independence on the 11th July 1920, and the beginning of the Irish Civil War, generally … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Truce

The Irish War of Independence came to an end, officially speaking, on the 11th July 1921, when a truce that was agreed between representatives of “the Republic” and the British government came into effect. I say “officially speaking” because in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Aims And Objectives For 1921

The Irish War of Independence was now entering its final year, though of course no one knew that at the time. There would be a new intensity to the conflict in the coming months, as things hurtled towards a political … Continue reading

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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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