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Between Two Hells By Diarmaid Ferriter

Between Two Hells by Diarmaid Ferriter

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The history of the war that shaped the Irish political landscape across the twentieth century and up to the present day, by Ireland's most prominent academic and broadcast historian

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Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War by Diarmaid Ferriter

At the end of the Irish War of Independence, Dublin signed an unsatisfactory treaty with London, that amongst other things, required oaths of allegiance to the British Empire. To many this was a price worth paying, but for others it was impossible. Very quickly, in 1922 the country collapsed into a cruel civil war that split organisations like Sinn Fein and the IRA, local communities, and families. It was less devastating than some other European civil wars but it left a ghastly number of dead, injured and immiserated across Ireland, north and south. And it cast a long shadow across Ireland. Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, the two parties that grew out of the rival factions, have ruled Ireland since the end of the civil war. It was only in 2019 - almost a century after the conflict - because of Sinn Fein's electoral success that the two parties could see their way to officially working together. Drawing on completely new sources, Ireland's most brilliant historian shows how important this tragic war was for understanding Ireland now.

Between Two Hells Reviews

Between Two Hells is a fascinating exploration of the Civil War and its impact on Ireland and Irish politics in the following half-century, rich in insights into how women and men experienced and responded to the calamity of the split and the tawdry violence that followed. This absorbing study begs the question of why Irish politics did not develop along left/right, urban/rural lines, akin to those seen in other newly independent states * Irish Times *
Simply outstanding ... Between Two Hells takes us closer to the messy truth behind independent Ireland's birth pangs than ever before. ... Ferriter has richly earned his reputation as one of Ireland's leading historians -- Andrew Lynch * Irish Independent *
Original and arresting -- Henry Patterson * Sunday Times Ireland *
Meticulously researched, judiciously balanced and unflinching ... breaks new ground -- Dermot Bolger * Sunday Business Post *
Excellent ... Diarmaid Ferriter, Ireland's best-known and most prolific historian ... enriches lucid and judicious accounts of events and personalities with fresh archival evidence -- Cormac O Grada * BBC History Magazine *
Fascinating ... absorbing -- Eunan O'Halpin * Irish Times *
Praise for A Nation and Not a Rabble: 'Very illuminating detail...simply setting violent events in context is a step forward. Thoughtful, balanced, even handed * Irish Times *
Ferriter's book is of such comprehensive and original scope...immensely readable and impressive * Sunday Business Post *
...The mighty mind this book comes from... rightly renowned for his voracious learning * Sunday Times *
Tugs at the tapestry of myths surrounding the independence struggle and the civil war that followed...A tremendous feat of documentation * The Independent *

About Diarmaid Ferriter

DIARMAID FERRITER is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. His previous books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Occasions of Sin (2009), Ambiguous Republic (2012), A Nation and not a Rabble (2015), On The Edge (2018) and the international bestseller The Border (2019), all published by Profile Books. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television and a columnist for the Irish Times. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2019.

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Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War by Diarmaid Ferriter
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