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Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War (Hardback)Diarmaid Ferriter (author)
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An absorbing new history of the Irish Civil War that brings home both the devastation wrought by the conflict and its troubled and complex legacy in gripping and highly informative prose.
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. Very quickly, in 1922 the country collapsed into a cruel civil war that 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 Fail, the two parties that grew out of the rival factions, have ruled Ireland since the end of the civil war. It was only in 2019 - almost a century after the conflict - because of Sinn Fein's electoral success that the two parties could see their way to officially working together.
Drawing on completely new sources, Ireland's most brilliant historian shows how important this tragic war was for understanding Ireland now.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm
'Between Two Hells is a fascinating exploration of the Civil War and its impact on Ireland and Irish politics in the following half-century, rich in insights into how women and men experienced and responded to the calamity of the split and the tawdry violence that followed. This absorbing study begs the question of why Irish politics did not develop along left/right, urban/rural lines, akin to those seen in other newly independent states' - Irish Times
'Simply outstanding ... Between Two Hells takes us closer to the messy truth behind independent Ireland's birth pangs than ever before. ... Ferriter has richly earned his reputation as one of Ireland's leading historians' - Andrew Lynch, Irish Independent
'Original and arresting' - Henry Patterson, Sunday Times Ireland
'Excellent ... Diarmaid Ferriter, Ireland's best-known and most prolific historian ... enriches lucid and judicious accounts of events and personalities with fresh archival evidence' - Cormac O Grada, BBC History Magazine
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