The Irish War of Independence by Michael Hopkinson

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The war was prosecuted ruthlessly by the Irish Republican Army which, paralleling the political efforts of Sinn Féin, hoped to break Britain's will to rule Ireland and create an independent Irish republic. The British retaliated by introducing two new irregular forces into Ireland, the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries. Fighting took place principally in counties Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Monaghan, Armagh, Clare, Kerry, and Longford. It was sporadic but vicious, with fewer than 2,000 IRA volunteers facing over 50,000 crown forces. The IRA depended upon energetic local leaders -- where there were none, there was little fighting.

About Michael Hopkinson

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Michael Hopkinson teaches history at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Published May 1, 2002 by Gill & Macmillan Ltd. 400 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Historian Hopkinson (Green Against Green) has written an all-encompassing account of the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921), covering military, diplomatic and political issues.

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