Terror in Ireland 1916-1923 September 10, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish History, Irish Politics.
…Those of us who regularly read History Ireland will have noted with interest the discussion that has wended its way through the letters pages of that publication over the book Terror in Ireland 1916-23 edited by David Fitzpatrick. This is in part on foot of a debate/disagreement between Fitzpatrick and John Regan, and a review by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc and in addition to this a review by Niall Meehan for the Institute of Historical Research . It appears to be an interesting book with a broad range of contributors (including one or two well known to us at the CLR). In review by Niall Meehan various issues were raised – not least the definition of ‘terror’ in the context in which it is used in the book and the perennial issue of Peter Hart and his research into the Kilmichael ambush and there’s been a fascinating to and fro between various protagonists [some of which are appended in the link above]. And add to this further statements and it all becomes even more complex.
It’s almost fatuous to note how the events of the foundation of this state (for those of us within the Republic) continue to be contested, and perhaps slightly less so to similarly note that of course they would as they operate as near perfect proxies for much more contemporary debates about political matters on the island.
Where though does this end?