Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict

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The Irish War of Independence is still regarded as a conflict that is both enigmatic and emotive in content; it transformed the British imperial dream into a nightmare and was to shape the foreign and domestic agendas of two countries for nearly a century.

This book seeks to examine the reasons and ask the hard questions to determine why the British state was unable to pour oil on troubled Irish waters and put Home Rule to bed and how that inability was left to fester. It examines in detail the relationships which existed between the arms of the British administration in Ireland and how the complexity of those bonds led sometimes to an animosity of sorts being fostered until it began to affect operational aspects of the British security apparatus in Ireland.'

The operations and actions of British Army, the Royal Irish Constabulary, their mercenary Auxiliary security forces and the Bristish Government of the day are all probed and examined in this book. Why were the British, with massive imperial holdings and a modern and well equipped armed forces, unable to suppress an infant insurgency, numerically inferior and ill equipped less than four hundred miles from Whitehall? Why was the shining light of British colonial policing, the Royal Irish Constabulary subjected to stagnation and rot from within for over fifty years? Why instead of reforming the existing police in place in Ireland mercenary forces, with little official oversight, were introduced into Ireland in an effort to quell the rising trouble?

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About the author

Eamonn T. Gardiner is from Mallow, in County Cork and attended the Patrician Academy school. He is a graduate of Department of History in the University of Limerick (BA in HPSS, MA in History) and he has in the past conducted research on the operations of IRA Flying Columns in North Cork. In the near future he hopes to commence PhD research on the subject area of Irish Free State Counter-Insurgency and the IRA in the post Civil War period. His research interests include Irish and World Military History, History of the Twentieth Century, History of Insurgencies, Irish Social History, Subaltern Studies and Counter-Factual History. He is also a member of the Irish Reserve Defence Forces.

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Published on
Oct 2, 2009
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Pages
90
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ISBN
9781443815734
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain
Political Science / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Political Science / Law Enforcement
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