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Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War$
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Robert Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622771

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622771.001.0001

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The Hazards of Neutrality: June–December 1940

The Hazards of Neutrality: June–December 1940

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Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Robert Cole

Edinburgh University Press

The war of words intensified in the spring of 1940, reflecting how perilous the war situation had become. Government Information Bureau propaganda promoted Eire neutrality and called upon young Irishmen to enlist in the Eire army. By mid-1940, British public and military opinion – and much Eire opinion as well – was convinced that Eire neutrality was an advantage to Germany and a disadvantage to Britain. The war of words over the ports issue intensified in the summer and autumn of 1940. Censorship now played a central role in maintaining Eire security. Eire pursued ‘benevolent neutrality’ in order to ensure that ‘the British could not acquire by conquest much more than she [Britain] gained through cooperation’. Headlines and reports kept press readers well informed on aspects of the war.

Keywords:   war of words, Eire neutrality, Eire army, Germany, Britain, censorship, Eire security

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