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Britain, Ireland and the Second World War

Ian S. Wood


For Britain, the Second World War exists in popular memory as a time of heroic sacrifice, survival, and ultimate victory over Fascism. In the Irish state, the years 1939–1945 are still remembered simply as ‘the Emergency’. Éire was one of many small states that in 1939 chose not to stay out of the war, but one of the few able to maintain its non-belligerency as a policy. How much this owed to Britain's military resolve or to the political skills of Éamon de Valera is a key question that this book explores. It also examines the tensions Éire's policy created in its relations with Winston Church ... More

Keywords: Second World War, non-belligerency, Éamon de Valera, propaganda, censorship, Irish state security, secret co-operation, IRA, Nazi Germany, Holocaust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623273
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian S. Wood, author