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Ireland’s Wars: Brunete To The End Of The Spanish Civil War

Things were finely poised in Spain in the aftermath of the Battle of Jarama. The Nationalist efforts to capture Madrid had been defeated, but Franco retained enough strength that any kind of rapid Republican victory was impossible to foresee. Both … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish In The International Brigades

In last week’s entry we took the time to examine the Irish experience of the Spanish Civil War first from the perceptive of those who fought for Franco’s Nationalists. The decision to go with O’Duffy’s Brigade first was at least … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: O’Duffy’s Irish Brigade

The Spanish Civil War mirrored the many other examples throughout Europe and the rest of the world of the conflict between the left and right, and managed to draw many of the combatants of that conflict within its own borders. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA In The Late 1930s

We have spent a number of entries discussing the Irish Free State’s, and then Ireland’s, internal politics and foreign relations, but now we must turn back to the case of paramilitary organisations within the confines of Ireland, namely the Irish … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA After The Civil War

Having looked at the early years of the post-Civil War Free State and the military and political challenges that it faced, we now turn back to the losing side of the 1922/23 conflict. The Irish Republican Army was not an … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Final Thoughts On The Irish Revolutionary Period

In the course of the last 150+ entries (studies of Irish history tend to be top heavy with study of this period, and now I understand why), we have covered what is dubbed the “Irish revolutionary period”, that section of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Irish Civil War

The Irish Civil War can be a difficult one to approach. It was a strange conflict in many respects: a mixture of regular fighting and guerrilla warfare, fought to its most significant degree only in a few select areas of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Lynch’s Death And The End Of The Irish Civil War

In many ways, the Irish Civil War was all but over when 1923 began. By that time the IRA’s ability to wage the kind of war that would have been needed to topple the new Free State was all but … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Britain And The United States In The Irish Civil War

It is generally recognised nowadays that Great Britain got more of what they wanted from the Anglo-Irish Treaty than the Irtish representatives did. In it was an essential recognition of partition, the inclusion of the Irish Free State inside the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War In Northern Ireland

It has long been the case that the north of Ireland received a disproportionately little amount of attention in terms of historical study of the Irish revolutionary period. This seems especially strange in the context of the War of Independence, … Continue reading

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