The Irish Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century spawned the creation of the modern Irish state. This is a comprehensive framework of that revolution in its totality, taking into account the broad range of social, economic and political developments as well as the IRA's campaign of guerrilla warfare and the British response to it.
Drawing on such previously unpublished sources as the Irish Department of Defense's Military History Bureau, we paint a broad picture of the people and the key events in the Irish struggle for independence. We present much of the behind the scenes debate within the British Government in the prosecution of its policies in response to the revolt in Ireland. British official frustration provoked by the acceptance of the Anglo-Irish treaty by the majority of the Irish people and the independent institutions it sought to set in place is also explicitly chronicled.
New light is shed on the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations as well as on the divisions within Irish nationalism before and indeed afterwards which culminated in the Irish Civil War. The role of external forces including public opinion in the United States and British competing obligations at home and abroad are also covered. Considerable attention is given to the development of democratic government in the fledgling Irish Free State in the midst of domestic upheaval, and to the broader effort at nation building which followed after the Civil War.