Politics & Irish life 1913-21 Provincial experience of war and revolution – David Fitzpatrick
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This book was the first to examine the political experience of unremarkable Irish people during the years of turmoil preceding independence. It discusses social constraints on the political behaviour of several groups: the ‘Crown forces’, Protestants, Home Rulers, Sinn Féiners, revolutionary fighters, and organisers of labourers and farmers. The book is centred on County Clare, and draws upon personal recollections as well as numerous public and private archives. It documents the supremacy of local over national interests in shaping the Irish revolution, pointing out the impact of the Great War in changing the course of politics in Ireland. This book offers a unique survey of the social context in which the Irish revolution was forged.
“It is one the greatest Irish historical works of the century. Not to have read it is to forfeit the right to discuss that period of Irish history.”
Kevin Myers, The Irish Times
“This is an important, a provocative and a persuasive book, a model regional analysis which I hope will be emulated but I suspect will not be surpassed”
David Harkness, The Times Higher Educational Supplement