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About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.

The trouble with writing is…

The trouble with writing is….the trouble with writing is….the trouble with writing a blog is, what do you write about? Especially as a post-thesis blogger? As a former PhD student, I can tell you that those 220,000+ words did not … Continue reading

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On Corrections

I am convinced that noone actually likes to correct their work. In over a decade working in the field of historical research, I have yet to encounter any scholar who revels in the idea, who insists on going home early … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi: Apologia

Dear Readers (both loyal and disloyal!),   Firstly, please allow me to apologise to you.   I have been unfaithful! I have engaged with the Twitter machine (@constantg2222) and have neglected this site for some time no! And I won’t … Continue reading

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The Observer view on Pope Francis’s comments on a world at war

The Observer view on Pope Francis’s comments on a world at war http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/31/pope-francis-war-terror?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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Are we re-living the 1930s?

  With the rise in protectionism and isolationism,  a rise in authoritarianism, the question must be asked; Are we living through another 1930s? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/01/are-we-living-through-another-1930s-paul-mason?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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A Woman’s Work is Never Done

Women veterans in Vietnam

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As British as the Irish themselves

Recently, in conversation with a colleague, I remarked upon a concept which I felt was pretty straightforward. Cut and dry even. That as part of the British home islands, pre-independence Ireland was disproportionally policed. Now it was, there is no … Continue reading

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Is Twitter killing my Blog?

Writer’s Block is a real illness. It is! That feeling when you want to punch a wall and hopefully the words will flow, with the blood and plaster flakes and swearing! But it doesn’t really work that way…poor knuckles could … Continue reading

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‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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Invictus Games: I am the Captain of my Fate, I am the Master of my Soul

Take a look at @constantg2222’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/constantg2222/status/729466888523239424?s=09

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BBC News: Last Treblinka death camp survivor Samuel Willenberg dies

Last Treblinka death camp survivor Samuel Willenberg dies – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35623492

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BBC News: How the British and Americans started listening in

How the British and Americans started listening in – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35491822

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BBC News: Pub pictures saved from London skip displayed online

Pub pictures saved from London skip displayed online – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35031879

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That’s a wrap!

I cannot tell you of the sheer unbridled joy (and yawns) that flow from a Call for Papers ending friends! You should never, ever offer to.run a conference! To that end, normal (ish) service will resume here in.about a month, … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Medicine in its Place

Originally posted on HSTM Network Ireland:
Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference 7 – 10 July 2016 Canterbury, England, United Kingdom Hosted by the Centre for the History of…

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Grade Inflation

    In academia there’s a term which is spoken of in hushed tones: Grade Inflation. It refers to the alleged slow, but steady, increase in grades by students across all sectors and abilities. It appears from some data as … Continue reading

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The hardest part

What you don’t realise is that waiting is the hardest part. I don’t sleep anymore. Not really. I wait. Granted its in a bed and at night. It’s dark and quiet. The world has slipped to slumber. But it eludes … Continue reading

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There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

http://qz.com/547641/theres-an-awful-cost-to-getting-a-phd-that-no-one-talks-about/ Your mental health is important. You only get one. And you better take every step to make sure it’s ok. Take care of yourselves guys and girls.

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Beware the Horns, when running with the Bulls

Eamonn T. Gardiner, Lead Organiser of the Irish History Students Association. Sounds fancy right? Well in truth, its a lot of work, but isn’t massively interfering with college or non-college (I’ve resigned myself to not having much of an extra-course … Continue reading

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Size matters….

  Apparently its not the size of the ship; its the motion of the ocean!   Or so goes the old adage from snickering childlike men who should know better. But when it comes to academic writing, how big is … Continue reading

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Life on the Ocean Wave

Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33543706

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What’s the Point of a Professor?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/opinion/sunday/whats-the-point-of-a-professor.html?referrer= As a Postgraduate student (PhD in UNI Galway, Ireland), I spend a lot of time travelling. Most of it I spend at as I jokingly refer to, my mobile office! My laptop, a book and my smartphone! 3G really … Continue reading

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The Tan War: Rebel art puts revolutionaries in the picture

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/the-tan-war-rebel-art-puts-revolutionaries-in-the-picture-317065.html

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Slave 1

Primary source: Plan and Sections of a Slave Ship. http://pinterest.com/pin/30821578671840020/?s=3&m=wordpress

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Is the US president really an elected monarch?

Is the US president really an elected monarch? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32741802

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Planning & Booking!

Originally posted on ihsa2016:
Galway Harbour at Night Hello followers! Just to keep you all up to date on developments since we last spoke. We have set the date; the IHSA will take place on the weekend of the 19th…

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How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and then bigger again goes to highlight what I believe to be the cyclical nature of human history. Simply put old ideas that were once seen as practical and popular go out … Continue reading

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October 1920: British Murder Gang brings terror to Manor Street

Originally posted on dublin7peopleshistory:
At 1.50am on Saturday 16th October 1920 Peter O’Carroll and his wife Annie were awoken by a heavy and ominous knock on the front door of their home at 92 Manor Street. Mr. O’Carroll rose…

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A Lasting Impression

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/06/world/feat-wwi-graffiti-found/ From earliest times man has sought to leave his/her mark on the eternal world. For many this has taken the route of children, achievements, success, monuments. But for others, men and women of more modest circumstances this has taken … Continue reading

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A Broad Church too far?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-should-visit-graves-of-british-soldiers-killed-in-1916-says-ex-tory-mp-1.2169232 Last week I wrote about the ‘bandwagoneering’ of the Easter Rising. This week’s blog is in a similar vein. The Commanding Officer of the Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment), some of the soldiers who helped suppress the Rising, … Continue reading

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Questionable Memories and Bandwagoneers

Memorial to British in 1916 centenary http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/memorial-to-british-in-1916-centenary-321506.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton The difficult thing about Irish history is memory. Well perhaps memory and the bandwagon. Little know fact but the GPO was like the Tardis; it’s garrison during the 1916 Rising held thousands of … Continue reading

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A baby called Somme

A baby called Somme http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31967883

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Inside the Kremlin’s ‘troll army’

Inside the Kremlin’s ‘troll army’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31962644 A concept that could be concerning for historians in the future.

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A Mutual Fascination: Indians in Brighton During the First World War

http://www.historytoday.com/suzanne-bardgett/mutual-fascination-indians-brighton-during-first-world-war

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Geddes Axe Mk. 2

During the First World War, the British National Debt rose by over 1100% from £37.3 million to £359.8 million! Post war there was a concerted drive to rein in spending in public areas, especially defence spending. Sir Eric Geddes headed … Continue reading

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How to spot a Russian bomber

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31537705

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To Put Down a Marker

 was an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary, a proud Tipperary man and an international rugby player (he played the Irish rugby team which met Wales in 1881; the Welsh won their first ever international match that day, 2 Goals … Continue reading

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Memento Mori – Morior Invictus

Being a historian is difficult. There’s the slog work as I call it; the readings, the theories, the whiteboard sessions, the late nights and early mornings, the travel (and travel food and budgets and not having a proper workspace on … Continue reading

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Not even Nostradamus was this good…..Philip Gordon and the End of War?

….If Philip H. Gordon had tonight’s lottery numbers, I would be looking over his shoulder as he filled in his ticket….and advising everyone I know to be doing exactly the same. It’s not that I would be certain he’s win, … Continue reading

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‘Colossal impudence?’ Funding a Political Party | History at Galway

https://historyatgalway.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/colossal-impudence-funding-a-political-party/

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No jobs for the Old Boys!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30962007 A nice and controversial plan to arrive at a streamlined force for the UK looks set to run into some opposition!

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The Still Unknown Soldier

Search fails to trace Irish relatives of WW1 soldier http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/search-fails-to-trace-irish-relatives-of-ww1-soldier-307001.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Afghanistan conflict: Taliban declares ‘defeat’ of Nato – BBC News

http://m.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30626728 One would be hard pressed to disagree with this statement from the Taliban. After beating the British Empire, the Soviet Union and now the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is Afghanistan unconquerable? A statement which range true in the 80s, … Continue reading

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What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle?

What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30471063

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The most important battle you’ve probably never heard of

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28484146

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Moment of Truth for Brazil’s military past

Moment of Truth for Brazil’s military past http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30408012

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Remembering Russia’s unknown soldiers

Remembering Russia’s unknown soldiers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30306994

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers.

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