Irish Civil War 1922-23

ISBN-10: 1846032709

ISBN-13: 9781846032707

Edition: 2008

Authors: Peter Cottrell

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In a sequel to his successful best-sellingESS 65 The Anglo-Irish War, Peter Cottrell explores the devastating conflict that tore Ireland apart, shortly after 'peace' had been declared. He focuses on the short but bloody battles that witnessed more deaths than the preceding years of the War of Independence. Examining the many factions that played a part in the fighting, and more often in the terror and counter-terror operations, Cottrell highlights the contrasting styles of leadership and the conduct of combat operations by the IRA and the National Army. He uses detailed tactical maps to explain the tactics that ranged from urban warfare and street-fighting to the final siege of Limerick city. A bitter sequence of attack and reprisal, the Irish Civil War was a complex social and political battle to change the nature of government and politics in Ireland. This book primarily discusses the military operations, but also places these in the wider context of the personalities involved, including Liam Lynch and Michael Collins. It also assesses the impact of the war on civilian life, and its influence on the politics of Ireland at national and international levels thereafter. This is not only the story of one country, but also of the relationships between Ireland and Britain, and Ireland and America, which have had a profound impact on modern politics for decades.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 8/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Peter Cottrell grew up in South Wales. He joined the Territorial Army whilst still in the sixth form and after qualifying as a teacher, was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1988. He later transferred into the army's Educational and Training Services Branch, specializing in teaching military history and international relations. He retired in 2008 to teach English, history and classics and to pursue a career in writing. His first novel, England's Janissary, was also published by Robert Hale.

Background to war: The Anglo-Irish War
Warring sides: The combatants
Outbreak: The Anglo-Irish peace and the Republicans
The fighting: Conflict in Dublin and the provinces
Portrait of a soldier: Major-General James Emmet Dalton MC 1898-1978
The world around war: The wider impact of the Irish Civil War
Portrait of a civilian: Robert Erskine Childers DSO TD 1870-1922
How the war ended: Tentative de-escalation
Conclusion and consequences: A republic divided
Glossary and abbreviations
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