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Irish Military Elites, Nation and Empire, 1870–1925

Identity and Authority

Authors: Sweeney, Loughlin

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  • Examines the social history of the Irish military during the last fifty years of British rule in Ireland
  • Draws on public and private written sources from hundreds of Irish military officers
  • Explores the tensions between class and social position, political power and legitimacy and the role of national identity in maintaining symbolic authority
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About this book

This book is a social history of Irish officers in the British army in the final half-century of Crown rule in Ireland. Drawing on the accounts of hundreds of officers, it charts the role of military elites in Irish society, and the building tensions between their dual identities as imperial officers and Irishmen, through land agitation, the home rule struggle, the First World War, the War of Independence, and the partition of Ireland. What emerges is an account of the deeply interwoven connections between Ireland and the British army, casting officers as social elites who played a pivotal role in Irish society, and examining the curious continuities of this connection even when officers’ moral authority was shattered by war, revolution, independence, and a divided nation.

About the authors

Loughlin Sweeney is Assistant Professor at the John Endicott College of International Studies in South Korea, where he lectures on global history and researches Irish communities in the nineteenth-century Pacific. He conducted this research while pursuing a doctorate at Queens’ College Cambridge, awarded in 2017. Since then, he has been a visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, UK and the University of Edinburgh, UK, and he publishes regularly in the fields of Irish history, the British Empire, the Irish diaspora, and imperial, colonial, and postcolonial studies.

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“Dr Sweeney’s important book brings to life the experience of the Irish officer class at a time of building revolutionary ferment. It is an astute and original study that sits at the boundaries of so many fields, from the national question to matters of gender and class.” (John Bew, War Studies, King’s College London, UK)

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 67,82 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19307-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19306-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Irish Military Elites, Nation and Empire, 1870–1925
Book Subtitle
Identity and Authority
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19307-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19307-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19306-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 301
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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