Between Two Hells (Hardback)

The Irish Civil War

Diarmaid Ferriter

The history of the war that shaped the Irish political landscape across the twentieth century and up to the present day, by Ireland's most prominent academic and broadcast historian

In December 1921, five months after a truce between the IRA and British Crown Forces, Sinn Féin negotiators signed a compromise treaty with representatives of the British government. It created the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion within the British empire, for the twenty-six counties of southern Ireland. Its terms generated turmoil within the republican movement and the country and in June 1922 Ireland collapsed into a cruel civil war, ripping Sinn Féin, the IRA and its female wing Cumann na mBan, local communities and families asunder. While the body count suggests it was far less devastating than some other European civil wars, it had a harrowing impact on the small island and cast a long shadow, socially, economically and politically, which included both public rows and recriminations and deep, often private traumas.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the two parties that grew out of the rival factions, have dominated Irish governance since the civil war era but it was only in 2020 - almost a century after the conflict - that the two could see their way to officially sharing power. Drawing on many previously unpublished sources and newly released archival material, one of Ireland's most renowned historians lays bare the course and impact of the war, the lives it cost, the reputations it forged, the fate of its survivors and how this tragedy shaped modern Ireland.

Publication date: 02/09/2021

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788161749

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Between Two Hells (Ebook)

The Irish Civil War

Diarmaid Ferriter

The history of the war that shaped the Irish political landscape across the twentieth century and up to the present day, by Ireland's most prominent academic and broadcast historian

In December 1921, five months after a truce between the IRA and British Crown Forces, Sinn Féin negotiators signed a compromise treaty with representatives of the British government. It created the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion within the British empire, for the twenty-six counties of southern Ireland. Its terms generated turmoil within the republican movement and the country and in June 1922 Ireland collapsed into a cruel civil war, ripping Sinn Féin, the IRA and its female wing Cumann na mBan, local communities and families asunder. While the body count suggests it was far less devastating than some other European civil wars, it had a harrowing impact on the small island and cast a long shadow, socially, economically and politically, which included both public rows and recriminations and deep, often private traumas.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the two parties that grew out of the rival factions, have dominated Irish governance since the civil war era but it was only in 2020 - almost a century after the conflict - that the two could see their way to officially sharing power. Drawing on many previously unpublished sources and newly released archival material, one of Ireland's most renowned historians lays bare the course and impact of the war, the lives it cost, the reputations it forged, the fate of its survivors and how this tragedy shaped modern Ireland.

Publication date: 02/09/2021

£15.99

ISBN: 9781782835103

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08TB3V89J

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Between Two Hells (Paperback)

The Irish Civil War

Diarmaid Ferriter

The history and legacy of the war that shaped the Irish political landscape for decades, by Ireland's most prominent historian.

THE IRISH BESTSELLER

'Ferriter has richly earned his reputation as one of Ireland's leading historians' Irish Independent

'Absorbing ... A fascinating exploration of the Civil War and its impact on Ireland and Irish politics' Irish Times

In June 1922, just seven months after Sinn Féin negotiators signed a compromise treaty with representatives of the British government to create the Irish Free State, Ireland collapsed into civil war. While the body count suggests it was far less devastating than other European civil wars, it had a harrowing impact on the country and cast a long shadow, socially, economically and politically, which included both public rows and recriminations and deep, often private traumas.

Drawing on many previously unpublished sources and newly released archival material, one of Ireland's most renowned historians lays bare the course and impact of the war and how this tragedy shaped modern Ireland.

Publication date: 02/06/2022

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788161756

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for Between Two Hells

'Simply outstanding ... Between Two Hells takes us closer to the messy truth behind independent Ireland's birth pangs than ever before'

Andrew Lynch Irish Independent

'Original and arresting'

Henry Patterson Sunday Times Ireland

'Meticulously researched, judiciously balanced and unflinching ... breaks new ground'

Dermot Bolger Sunday Business Post

'Excellent ... Diarmaid Ferriter, Ireland's best-known and most prolific historian ... enriches lucid and judicious accounts of events and personalities with fresh archival evidence'

Cormac Ó Gráda BBC History Magazine

'Fascinating ... absorbing'

Eunan O'Halpin Irish Times

'Praise for A Nation and Not a Rabble: 'Very illuminating detail...simply setting violent events in context is a step forward. Thoughtful, balanced, even handed'

 Irish Times

'Ferriter's book is of such comprehensive and original scope...immensely readable and impressive'

 Sunday Business Post

'...The mighty mind this book comes from... rightly renowned for his voracious learning'

 Sunday Times

'Tugs at the tapestry of myths surrounding the independence struggle and the civil war that followed...A tremendous feat of documentation'

 The Independent

Diarmaid Ferriter

Diarmaid Ferriter

Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland's best-known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012). His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015) He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. In 2010 he presented a three-part history of twentieth century Ireland, The Limits of Liberty, on RTE television.

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