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Documents on Irish foreign policy; v.6; 1939-1941.


Documents on Irish foreign policy; v.6; 1939-1941.

Ed. by Catriona Crowe et al.

Royal Irish Academy


509 pages




Volume VI of this important collection contains letters and reports exchanged among the members of the Office of External Affairs of Ireland during the crucial years from 1939 - 1941. The editors provide an introduction that sets the historical scene as well as biographical notes on the correspondents and others mentioned. The documents themselves are far from dry or formal. Many of them are private assessments of situations between people who know each other well. The problem of Irish neutrality is thoroughly discussed. The loss of a large number of papers in 1940 was caused by de Valera's fear of an imminent German invasion and the need to destroy evidence of collaboration with the British government. To fill the gap, the editors have selected records from the British archives that reflect or react to Irish concerns. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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