- By Charles Townshend

The Republic: The Fight For Irish Independence

  • Title: The Republic: The Fight For Irish Independence
  • Author: Charles Townshend
  • ISBN: 9780713999839
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Republic The Fight For Irish Independence This is a gripping narrative of the most critical years in modern Ireland s history from Charles Townshend The protracted terrible fight for independence pitted the Irish against the British and the

    This is a gripping narrative of the most critical years in modern Ireland s history, from Charles Townshend The protracted, terrible fight for independence pitted the Irish against the British and the Irish against other Irish It was both a physical battle of shocking violence against a regime increasingly seen as alien and unacceptable and an intellectual battle for a nThis is a gripping narrative of the most critical years in modern Ireland s history, from Charles Townshend The protracted, terrible fight for independence pitted the Irish against the British and the Irish against other Irish It was both a physical battle of shocking violence against a regime increasingly seen as alien and unacceptable and an intellectual battle for a new sort of country The damage done, the betrayals and grim compromises put the new nation into a state of trauma for at least a generation, but at a nearly unacceptable cost the struggle ended a new republic was born Charles Townshend s Easter 1916 opened up the astonishing events around the Rising for a new generation and in The Republic he deals, with the same unflinchingly wish to get to the truth behind the legend, with the most critical years in Ireland s history There has been a great temptation to view these years through the prisms of martyrology and good and evil The picture painted by Townshend is far nuanced and sceptical but also never loses sight of the ordinary forms of heroism performed by Irish men and women trapped in extraordinary times.

    1 thought on “The Republic: The Fight For Irish Independence

    1. Must be the definitive one volume account of the irish war of independence.Ranging from high level politics to accounts of ambushes on country roads it gives an honest picture of the war.Even touching on some sectarian cleansing by the IRA of prodestant areas like bandonWhat is surprisingly interesting is the political infighting between pro and anti - treaty volunteer leaders which lead to the irish free state and Cosgraves ruthless war on the anti treaty IRA membersWell worth a read

    2. A gentle antidote to my romantic notions of the Irish civil war but the writer made too many assumptions about previous knowledge of the period. Through, well worked and perhaps a bit too academic for my taste in history.

    3. Brilliant account of both the Anglo-Irish War and the Irish Civil War. The book is primarily focused on the political decision making of the British, Pro-Treaty Nationalists, and Anti-Treaty IRA and how they evolved from 1916 to 1924. The military campaign is discussed in a sort of nebulous way that accurately portrays the difficulty in finding concrete information about the Anglo-Irish War from either Irish or British accounts. The final section on the birth of the Free State and the Irish Civi [...]

    4. A much needed deep look into the emergence of the Republic of Ireland - including the Irish struggles with the British Empire and the Irish civil war. This confused and confusing period in Irish history requires a dispassionate and detailed examination, which is what Townshend gives the reader. In particular the Irish civil war is a highly contested and contentious topic, still bringing up strong emotions for many in Ireland. Townshend dissects the motivations and actions of the various players, [...]

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