Anglo-Irish War, 1916-1921

Overview

An analysis of the Anglo-Irish War of 1916–1921 using the framework of a people's war, this study explains how one of the smallest nations on earth emerged victorious against one of the world's most powerful empires. Of the many accounts of the Irish War of Independence, none adequately explains the Irish victory over a force that was superior in technology, industry, military force, and population. While the theorists associated today with the strategies characteristic of a people's war were either not yet born ...

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Overview

An analysis of the Anglo-Irish War of 1916–1921 using the framework of a people's war, this study explains how one of the smallest nations on earth emerged victorious against one of the world's most powerful empires. Of the many accounts of the Irish War of Independence, none adequately explains the Irish victory over a force that was superior in technology, industry, military force, and population. While the theorists associated today with the strategies characteristic of a people's war were either not yet born or were unknown to those in the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein, the war they waged closely fits later revolutionary models.

This is the first critical study of the insurgent and counter-insurgent campaigns in a controversial and often misunderstood conflict. The Republic won in 1921, but what did it win? The Irish succeeded in securing Home Rule on their own terms when England refused to give in. Meanwhile the Crown Forces gained valuable experience in a form of war that would continue to plague them decades later. Appendices include information on the political, military, and paramilitary organizations in Ireland; important Irish political documents; songs of the rebellion; and a critical bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963118
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1999
  • Pages: 202
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM H. KAUTT, an Air Force officer, is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Preparing the Stage 7
Ch. 2 The Spectre of Unconventional Warfare 19
Pt. I The Rising 35
Ch. 3 Easter Week: The Premature Counterattack 37
Ch. 4 The Failures of 1916 53
Pt. II Protracted War 61
Ch. 5 The Fenians Strike Back 63
Ch. 6 The British Response 83
Ch. 7 Successes and Failure in the Anglo-Irish War 101
Appendices 115
App. A Political, Military and Paramilitary Organizations in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 117
App. B Political Documents of Ireland 127
App. C Songs of Irish Rebellion 141
App. D: Critical Bibliography 161
App. E: Biographical Information 167
References 171
Index 179
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