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Of the countries that remained neutral during the Second World War, none was more controversial than Ireland, with accusations of betrayal and hypocrisy poisoning the media. Whereas previous histories of Ireland in the war years have focused on high politics, That Neutral Island brings to life the atmosphere of a country forced to live under rationing, heavy censorship andOf the countries that remained neutral during the Second World War, none was more controversial than Ireland, with accusations of betrayal and hypocrisy poisoning the media. Whereas previous histories of Ireland in the war years have focused on high politics, That Neutral Island brings to life the atmosphere of a country forced to live under rationing, heavy censorship and the threat of invasion. It unearths the motivations of those thousands who left Ireland to fight in the British forces and shows how ordinary people tried to make sense of the Nazi threat through the lens of antagonism towards Britain....

Title : That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War
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ISBN : 9780571221066
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 499 Pages
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That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War Reviews

  • Margaret Sankey
    2019-04-14 05:03

    Like all things Irish, the decision to be neutral in WWII was not simple--there was the matter of retired English military people living in the Republic, and thousands of war workers who went to England and Scotland, the the border between the six counties and the south, the bombing of Belfast by Germans, the presence of German agents and radio sets, the return of the badly needed western Atlantic ports to the Republic, Churchill's bellicose pushing, the many left-wing IRA members' harted of fascism from the Spanish Civil War, dueling propaganda radio programs (and virtually no zinc batteries to listen to them anyway), rich Europeans hiding out in Ireland where there was no rationing and stuff was cheap, the complication of Pearl Harbor and the relationship with Irish-Americans, the presence of American GIs in the north and the lasting economic consequences of the war years. This is thoroughly documented, from the enormous literary output of Irish writers, Mass Observation project diarists, propagandists, de Valera speeches and personal papers mined for accounts.

  • EricW
    2019-04-18 02:13

    Yawn.

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-04-05 02:16

    Quite a detailed and atmospheric account of one of the neutrals in WWII and the various pulls and pushes it faced..