Category Archives: Insurgency

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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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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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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How Nigeria turned Her Majesty’s prison into a place of pleasure

  The British had quite the habit of exporting convicts to their colonies, sometimes to work in forced labour, sometimes for penal servitude made all the worse by its great distance from loved ones and familiarity. Indeed the word ‘exported’ … Continue reading

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Comdt Padraic Kennedy

Comdt Padraic Kennedy speaks on his role as OiC (Office in Charge) of the Military Archives, the http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie website and the release of the Military Witness Statements which ushered in the Long Decade of Commemoration.

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Pity the Nations

Art imitates life with alarming regularity, especially in our twenty-first century, but it is rarely seen whereby life returns the favour. Unfortunately the ongoing civil war in Syria is doing just that.     The Crusaders’ castle, Krak des Chevaliers … Continue reading

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Cold war haunting the Israel-Gaza conflict

  What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28245343 Israel might be a cutting edge weapons producer, but the weapons which it’s enemies deploys against it are a blast (pun unintended) from the past. This short story from … Continue reading

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Jim Gant: the ‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’

A thought provoking piece on COIN theory and the lengths you sometimes have to go to. One cannot help but be struck by the parallels which exist between the case of Jim Gant and that of the insurgent supporter TE … Continue reading

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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. Continue reading

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Rising Anger

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/centenary-will-breathe-life-into-old-rising-myths-30263185.html   There is an unspoken hatred among historians, especially military historians and that is the myth! Mythology in Irish life is a fantastic and wonderful thing; it has shaped our existence, our cultural history and even influenced how we … Continue reading

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College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543 A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records. The difficulty for historians and especially historians … Continue reading

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Polly put the kettle on…no wait, don’t, no…do!

  The title of this blog may be somewhat cryptic for some readers who did not grow up with Anglo-Irish nursery rhymes! It describing how a little girl, Polly, sets about making tea for her mother, step-by-step. What has this … Continue reading

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The Other Auxiliaries & Cumamn na mBan

Today at 3pm I will be giving a paper to the Women’s History Association of Ireland conference to commemorate the Centenary of the Irishwomen’s republican organisation, Cumann na mBan. My paper specifically will focus on the British governments attempts to … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer? This piece by the BBC cogently sets forth the disquieting fact that Afghanistan is a place where foreign armies come to wither and leave. The British, Soviets and now ISAF all have failed to … Continue reading

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‘A bed to lie o…

‘A bed to lie on, and enough food to keep life in us to enable us to work, is all any of us should think of now.’ When Terence MacSwiney was attempting to keep the Irish Volunteers out of the … Continue reading

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