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03-03-2020, 22:03   #1
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Ireland civil war book recommendations

Hi all,

With the centenary coming up, I realised I don't really know anything much about the civil war. Would you have any recommendations?

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04-03-2020, 10:26   #2
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Hm afraid it's been so long since I've read any general books on it I can't really recommend anything.. but maybe a few quick questions might help others or remind me of something

How is your War of Independence knowledge? Would a book that covers both be better

Only national or also local? I quite enjoyed "Kilkenny in times of revolution" if you live nearby, although the Civil War section is small enough

Military/political, personal account/overview?
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Michael Hopkinson's Green Against Green is a pretty good, comprehensive overview.

For a more personal approach, I enjoyed Meda Ryan's book on Liam Lynch.

And then you get the memoirs, Todd Andrews' and Padraig O'Connor's being my favourites - and since they were on opposite sides, you get the different POVs.
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My war of Independence knowledge would also be abysmal!thank you for the recommendations
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Almost forgot to include Seán Enright's book, which takes a legalistic - though no less dangerous - look at the CW.

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31-03-2020, 21:03   #6
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Earnie O’Malley’s books would be useful, he is one of the few who wrote books and dealt with it , he was also one of the more fervent anti truce men

Agree with the above on Hopkins civil war book and would also suggest his book on the Tan War as it might open people’s eyes as to how quiet many counties were In that war and see the stark contrast with the civil war .
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