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This book explores the lives, deaths, enemies, and victims of the most powerful guerrillas of twentieth-century Ireland: those of the Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923. Drawing on an unprecedented body of sources, including numerous interviews this is a uniquely intimate study of revolution, guerrilla war, and ethnic conflict.


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This book explores the lives, deaths, enemies, and victims of the most powerful guerrillas of twentieth-century Ireland: those of the Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923. Drawing on an unprecedented body of sources, including numerous interviews this is a uniquely intimate study of revolution, guerrilla war, and ethnic conflict.

30 review for The I.R.A. and Its Enemies Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    After years of debate the author of this book has been fully discredited as an historian. It has been proven that to try to prove his point about Tom Barry, Hart falsified his alleged sources to fit his narrative. He claimed to have interviewed men whom we know had died long before he could have interviewed them. His second controversial claim (that the IRA did not kill 13 Loyalist informers from Cork as spies but only because they were Protestant) has also been thoroughly disproven. If anything After years of debate the author of this book has been fully discredited as an historian. It has been proven that to try to prove his point about Tom Barry, Hart falsified his alleged sources to fit his narrative. He claimed to have interviewed men whom we know had died long before he could have interviewed them. His second controversial claim (that the IRA did not kill 13 Loyalist informers from Cork as spies but only because they were Protestant) has also been thoroughly disproven. If anything the sole value of this book is that it has demonstrated once and for all that pro-British revisionist historians have been using history, not as an honest appraisal of historical events, but as propaganda meant to re-write history so as to discredit Irish claims to sovereignty. This has been going on for years and will no doubt continue to but this book has shone light on one of the more appalling instances. For more information on the controversy Google “Distorting Irish History, the stubborn facts of Kilmichael: Peter Hart and Irish Historiography” or read Sheridan’s “Propaganda as Anti-history: Peter Hart's 'the IRA and Its Enemies ' Examined”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Moynihan

    Very interesting book. Provides insights into the types of people drawn or recruited into various groups. Controversial subject as other comments indicate but I learned a good amount about this difficult time period in Ireland.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Denerick

    Some decent scholarship, but tries a little too hard to prove a) That Tom Barry was a psycho and b) that Protestants were killed en masse and driven out of the country by the IRA, on pretty hard to prove evidence. He also goes down the difficult path of argument by analogy. The sign of a failed historical work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Not my cup of tea.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Simon Creary

    Phenomenal history, by a (now late) homegrown, Canadian .. very talented historian: Dr. Peter Hart. (I had to read this book, to then write an essay). (Am re-reading this work, fifteen years later now, as apparently, this book, and the ideas contained-therein, are ones that I find to be relevant, and important to me. Of note: Peter Hart, admits that he "likes" and appears to have developed a real respect, for the men that he interviewed, spent time with, in doing the research for his very thought Phenomenal history, by a (now late) homegrown, Canadian .. very talented historian: Dr. Peter Hart. (I had to read this book, to then write an essay). (Am re-reading this work, fifteen years later now, as apparently, this book, and the ideas contained-therein, are ones that I find to be relevant, and important to me. Of note: Peter Hart, admits that he "likes" and appears to have developed a real respect, for the men that he interviewed, spent time with, in doing the research for his very thoughtful, RIGOROUS, work of history, on the ground in Ireland, of course. A little discussed idea, that's relevant, is the Ireland is actually the first "colony" of what became a massive overseas empire: British Empire. Ireland=colony. Important to know ? ? S.

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