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Britain, Ireland and the Second World War



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Britain, Ireland and the Second World War by Ian S Wood
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For Britain the Second World War exists in popular memory as a time of heroic sacrifice, survival and ultimate victory over Fascism. In the Irish state the years 1939-1945 are still remembered simply as 'the Emergency'. Eire was one of many small states which in 1939 chose not to stay out of the war but one of the few able to maintain its non-belligerency as a policy. How much this owed to Britain's military resolve or to the political skills of Eamon de Valera is a key question which this new book will explore. It will also examine the tensions Eire's policy created in its relations with Winston Churchill and with the United States. The author also explores propaganda, censorship and Irish state security and the degree to which it involves secret co-operation with Britain. Disturbing issues are also raised like the IRA's relationship to Nazi Germany and ambivalent Irish attitudes to the Holocaust. Drawing upon both published and unpublished sources, this book illustrates the war's impact on people on both sides of the border and shows how it failed to resolve sectarian problems on Northern Ireland while raising higher the barriers of misunderstanding between it and the Irish state across its border.

Author Biography

Ian S. Wood has previously been a lecturer in History at Napier University, Edinburgh and also taught part-time for the Open University. For many years he has been a regular contributor to the press on the conflict in Northern Ireland. His most recent book was Britain, Ireland and the Second World War (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). He is the author of Crimes of Loyalty: A History of the UDA (Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and of two studies of Winston Churchill and a biography of the Scottish Socialist John Wheatley. He has also authored Ireland During the Second World War (2002) and God, Guns and Ulster (2003).
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edinburgh University Press
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