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Defending Ireland : the Irish state and its enemies since 1922 /
Eunan O'Halpin.
edition
1st. paperback ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c200.
description
xvi, 382 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0199242690
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c200.
isbn
0199242690
general note
Originally published: 1999.
catalogue key
4704906
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [354]-363) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-05-01:
O'Halpin (Dublin City Univ.), an authority on Irish security and intelligence, distills years of research in this comprehensive study of Ireland's defense policy. Subjects treated include development of a military establishment, military strategy and its interaction with both partisan politics and foreign relations, and the amalgam of espionage, counterintelligence, and countersubversion. O'Halpin judges that republican Ireland has been unique among Western European states in needing an army and intelligence apparatus less for defense against foreign enemies than to guarantee peace and order against domestic malcontents like the IRA. He attributes Irish democracy's survival in large part to its loyal, competent, unappreciated, and severely underfunded security services. There were, however, several security imbroglios between the 1920s and '70s in which only political finesse combined with good luck saved the republican state from turmoil or even ruin. Abundant Irish, British, and American archival sources are exploited for the years before 1969. Thereafter, analysis based on ephemeral journalism and self-interested memoirs will require eventual correction by declassified documentary evidence. This book is indispensable for collections on Irish history and politics. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. M. Cregier; University of Prince Edward Island
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'a fascinating account of how the gardai and the Defence Forces have dealt with foreign and domestic threats, real and perceived, to the Irish state since 1922 ... comprehensively researched and highly readable, it is an indispensable work for anyone interested in 20th century Irish history.'Sunday Tribune
'an excellent synthesis of the development of police and army in independent Ireland'American Historical Review, February 2001
'Consistently well researched and frequently insightful, Defending Ireland is a timely look at the Irish Republic as we leave the century of its birth.'Sunday Business Post
'Even readers well familiar with 20th-century Irish political history will glean many new insights from this highly original approach.'The Irish Times
'extremely valuable.'Martin Green, Tribune
'For anyone wanting to understand the development of Ireland's defence and security policies since independence, this is the book. It not only contains much new research but the best synthesis and analysis of previously available material.'Paul McMahon, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 15, Autumn 2000
'In particular, his study and analysis of intelligence and the resulting new findings constitute a significant addition to the literature. His judgements are occasionally harsh, but seldom anything but wholly justified (and never less than wholly documented).'G. T. Dempsey, Irish Historical Studies
"O'Halpin, an authority on Irish security and intelligence, distills years of research in this comprehensive study of Ireland's defense policy....This book is indispensable for collections on Irish history and politics."--Choice
"O'Halpin, an authority on Irish security and intelligence, distills years of research in this comprehensive study of Ireland's defense policy....This book is indispensable for collections on Irish history and politics."-- Choice
'O'Haplin has written a provocative book which is highly relevant to current debates in Ireland about that country's position in the world.'Paul McMahon, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 15, Autumn 2000
Professor O'Halpin has threaded his way with care and perception through the intricacies of history, examining the ways in which the democratic processes of the State were threatened, and demonstrating how those threats were faced and eventually overcome. Not only is the story well told, but the fact that it has been told is of inestimable value, because in some instances the reality is so different from the myths that have grown up around the events
This formidably researched book constitutes a major contribution to the historical understanding of modern Ireland. The first comprehensive accounting of the state's security position from independence to the present, it fills in not just historiographical gaps but a conceptual one as well.G. T. Dempsey, Irish Historical Studies
'throughout the book, O'Halpin's findings are judicious'G. T. Dempsey, Irish Historical Studies
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text draws together the various strands of Irish national security policy and practice in a single chronological study. It analyzes the emergence of a complex external security policy, the commitment to military neutrality and independent defence.
Long Description
The first study to investigate the interlinked problems of domestic security and national defense in Ireland, this book describes the development of the Irish army and police since 1922.
Long Description
This fascinating and original book is the first to analyse the evolution of internal security policy and external defence policy in Ireland from independence to the present day. Professor O'Halpin examines the very limited concept of external defence understood by the first generation of Irish leaders, going on to chart the state's repeated struggles with the IRA and with other perceived internal and external threats to stability. He explores the state's defence and security relations with Britain and the United States and, drawing extensively on newly released records, he deals authoritatively with problems of subversion, espionage, counterintelligence and codebreaking during the Second World War. In conclusion, the book analyses significant post-Second World War developments, including anti-communist co-operation with Western powers, the emergence of UN service as a key element of Irish foreign and defence policy, the state's response to the Northern Ireland crisis since 1969, and Ireland's difficulties in addressing the collective security dilemmas facing the European Union in the post-Cold War era. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the development of independent Ireland since 1922.
Main Description
This fascinating and original book is the first to analyse the evolution of internal security policy and external defence policy in Ireland from independence to the present day. Professor O'Halpin examines the very limited concept of external defence understood by the first generation of Irish leaders, going on to chart the state's repeated struggles with the IRA and with other perceived internal and external threats to stability. He explores the state's defence andsecurity relations with Britain and the United States and, drawing extensively on newly released records, he deals authoritatively with problems of subversion, espionage, counterintelligence and codebreaking during the Second World War. In conclusion, the book analyses significant post-Second World War developments, including anti-communist co-operation with Western powers, the emergence of UN service as a key element of Irish foreign and defence policy, the state's response to the Northern Ireland crisis since 1969, and Ireland'sdifficulties in addressing the collective security dilemmas facing the European Union in the post-Cold War era. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the development of independent Ireland since 1922.
Table of Contents
The state and civil war, 1921-3
The civilianization of internal security, 1923-32
Ireland's defence dilemma, 1923-32
Internal security and external defence, 1932-9
External defence and security, 1939-45
Security operations and covert activities, 1939-45
Ireland in the post-war world, 1945-69
Unresolved questions: defence, security and subversion since 1969
Notes, Bibliography, Index
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