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Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: v. 5: 1937-1939

by  Ronan FanningCatriona CroweDermot KeoghMichael KennedyEunan O'Halpin
€45.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

November 2006

Hardback

Number of pages: 595

ISBN: 9781904890218

Volume V of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy chronicles the development of Irish foreign policy during the lead up to World War Two. Irish-British relations take centre stage in this record, which explains in unrivalled detail the 1938 Anglo-Irish Agreement which allowed Ireland to remain neutral in World War Two. The editors have pieced together a picture of Irish-German relations despite the destruction, in 1940 and 1943, of official documents, when a German invasion was anticipated in Ireland. It provides a comprehensive picture of Irish relations with Hitler's Germany in the late 1930s, offering a precise listing of material known to have been destroyed. The volume deals in detail with Ireland's policy during the Spanish Civil War, including its effort to safeguard the life of the shadowy Irish Republian, Frank Ryan, who was captured, jailed and sentenced to death in Spain by the Nationalists while fighting with the International Brigade. Sources unearthed include confidential reports, deciphered code telegrams and declassified material recently discovered in the Irish embassy in London. Volume V is essential for historians of Irish foreign policy. It offers a new angle on the clash between democracy and fascism that led to the Second World War.

About the authors

Ronan Fanning

Ronan Fanning MRIA is Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin. He is an editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series and a founder-member of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for the Study of International Affairs. He was joint-editor of Irish Historical Studies from 1976 to 1987. He is the author of The Irish Department of Finance and Independent Ireland and co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume I, 1919-22, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume II, 1923 – 1926 and Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume III, 1926 – 1932. He has published scholarly articles in journals throughout Europe and North America and is a regular political columnist for the Irish Sunday Independent.

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Catriona Crowe

Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 5 years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy and of Dublin 1911, both published by the Royal Irish Academy. She is Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions. She is Chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation initiative for women with addiction problems, based in the North Inner City, and also Chairperson of the Inner Cirty Renewal Group, which delivers employment and welfare rights advice and support to the community in the North Inner City. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Dermot Keogh

Dermot Keogh MRIA is Professor of History at University College Cork and an editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. He has been a Fulbright Professor in California, Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at University College Cork. He is the co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume I, 1919-22, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume II, 1923 – 1926 and Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume III, 1926 – 1932. He is the author of numerous books on Irish diplomatic and political history, including Ireland and Europe, 1919-1989, Ireland and the Vatican: The Politics and Diplomacy of Church and State, 1922-1960, Twentieth-Century Ireland: Nation and State and Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

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Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. Previously, he lectured in Modern and Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He received his PhD from University College Dublin in 1994. He is co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, volumes I to IX. Dr Kennedy is the author and editor of a wide range of books and articles on Irish diplomatic and military history. He is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, a Research Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin and a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. He was formerly an adjunct Professor of History at University College Dublin. He is a regular commentator on radio and television on modern history and current affairs.

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Eunan O'Halpin

Eunan O'Halpin MRIA is the Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin. He is also an editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. His most recent publications are: Head of the Civil Service: A Study of Sir Warren Fisher, Defending Ireland: The Irish State and its Enemies since 1922 and MI5 and Ireland, 1939 – 1935. He is a co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume I, 1919-22, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume II, 1923 – 1926 and Documents on Irish Foreign Policy: Volume III, 1926 – 1932. He is currently co-editing a study of Anglo-American security co-operation between 1914 and 1949.

You can find more information on the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy research project here.