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Walsh, Maurice.

Bitter freedom : Ireland in a revolutionary world 1918-1923 / Maurice Walsh. - London : Faber & Faber, 2016. - xvi, 525 p. : ill., plates ; 20 cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Chronology -- Map of Ireland -- Prologue: Two funerals -- Victory of the rainbow chasers -- The American spirit -- Message to the world -- "Where Tipperary leads, Ireland follows" -- Over a policeman's body -- Ancient faiths -- The virtual republic -- "Would you shoot a man?" -- Bolshevism in the air -- A crowd of unknown men -- The stigma of race -- No pity -- Flying columns -- Frightfulness -- A republic of their own -- Not Irish in the national sense -- The Crown close at hand -- The quietest triumph -- Call to arms -- "Terror will be struck into them" -- Dumping arms -- Jazz mad -- Epilogue.

"In the tradition of Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919 comes this groundbreaking history of the Irish Revolution. The Irish Revolution has long been mythologized in American culture, but seldom understood. For too long, the story of Irish independence and its aftermath has been told only within an Anglo-Irish context. Now, in the critically acclaimed Bitter Freedom, journalist Maurice Walsh, with 'a novelist's eye for the illuminating detail of everyday lives in extremis' (Prospect) places revolutionary Ireland in the panorama of the global disorder born of the terrible slaughter of World War I, as well as providing a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human face of the conflict. In this 'invigorating account' (Spectator), Walsh demonstrates how this national revolution, which captured worldwide attention from India to Argentina, was itself shaped by international events, political, economic, and cultural. In the era of Russian Bolshevism and American jazz, developments in Europe and America had a profound effect on Ireland. Bitter Freedom is 'the most vivid and dramatic account of this epoch to date' (Literary Review)"--Provided by publisher.

9780571243013 : (pbk.)


World War, 1914-1918--Ireland.
World War, 1914-1918--Political aspects.
Revolutions--History--20th century.
World politics--1919-1932.

Ireland--History--War of Independence, 1919-1921.
Ireland--History--Social aspects.--War of Independence, 1919-1921
Ireland--Politics and government--1910-1921.

DA962 / .W322 2016


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