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The Irish Civil War and Society

Politics, Class, and Conflict


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About this book


The Irish Civil War and Society sheds new light on the social currents shaping the Irish Civil War, from the 'politics of respectability' behind animosities and discourses; to the intersection of social conflicts with political violence; to the social dimensions of the war's messy aftermath.


Ireland Civil War Revolution Republicanism Nationalism IRA Irish Free State Fianna Fail Cumann na nGaedheal Class Status Respectability Social Conflict Political Violence Animosity Clothing Irish Labour Land Agrarian Military conflict migration revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Concordia UniversityCanada

About the authors

Gavin M. Foster is Associate Professor of Modern Irish History in the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University, Canada. He has published on the Irish Revolution in various journals and edited collections and is currently working on an oral history project on later generation memory of the Irish Civil War.

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“The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class, and Conflict offers a welcome new approach by looking at the social dimensions of the conflict to illuminate its causes, character, and outcomes. … This well-researched work provides interesting new information and judicious assessments. … He provides a very useful first insight into the experiences of republicans in the Free State after downing arms, which opens up an almost entirely neglected field of research.” (Joost Augusteijn, American Historical Review, Vol. 121 (3), June, 2016)