Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War
At the end of the Irish War of Independence, Dublin signed an unsatisfactory treaty with London, that amongst other things, required oaths of allegiance to the British Empire. To many this was a price worth paying, but for others it was impossible. The country quickly collapsed into a cruel civil war. It split organisations like Sinn Fein and the IRA, local communities, and families.
It was less devastating than some other European civil wars but it left a ghastly number of dead, injured and immiserated across Ireland, north and south. And it cast a long shadow across Ireland. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the two parties that grew out of the rival factions, have ruled Ireland since the war’s end. Drawing on completely new sources, Ireland’s most brilliant historian shows how important this tragic war was for understanding Ireland now.
About the Author
Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best-known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000, Judging Dev and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s. His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23.
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