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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Allies

We move now from the more select observations of Ireland in the Second World War back to the larger picture. Far more than they needed to with the Axis powers, Ireland was obligated to have a great deal of interaction … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Irish Neutrality During The Second World War

It is an unfortunate reality that I have to open this entry of the series with a warning. Over ten years ago I wrote a post on this general topic entitled Suicidal Obstinacy: Max Hastings And Irish Neutrality During The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Emergency

The Irish experience of the Second World War is, in many ways, bound up with the word “Emergency”, to the point that it has become something of a recurring joke: I recall someone once writing that it equates the greatest … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War Begins

It may seem like a strange thing to say, but it is important not to underestimate the vast scope of the Second World War. In terms of the number of people engaged, the number of people killed and injured, the … Continue reading

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“Suicidal Obstinacy”: Max Hastings And Irish Neutrality In The Second World War

The title comes from American writer Joe Dees, who so described the policy of Irish neutrality in the Second World War. I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while, but it was the book this quotation was … Continue reading

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