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Name: Moabite Sonnets (1944-45)

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Author: Haushofer, Albrecht

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 092 6

Contents: German, with an English translation by Angela Clifford. Introduction by Angela Clifford: The Haushofers, Geopolitics And The Second World War. Albrecht Haushofer's "Moabite Sonnets", which were written in a Nazi Jail in 1944-45, appear here for the first time in English translation, along with the original German text. In these 79 personal, philosophical and political Sonnets Albrecht mourns the fate of his country under Hitler from the viewpoint of a thoroughly German Jew who chose to serve the National Socialist State with a view to modifying its policies, or later, of overthrowing it. But how did a Jewish anti-Nazi get into such a position? Angela Clifford, the translator of the poems, tries to answer that question in an Introduction which shows the linkage between the Geopolitics developed by Sir Halford Mackinder, long-term Director of the London School of Economics; General Professor Karl Haushofer, who took up and developed the Mackinder ideas; Rudolf Hess, military aide-de-camp and student of Haushofer's, who became Adolf Hitler's Secretary; and, finally Adolf Hitler, who fed his expansionist vision for a German East European Empire on those strategic principles. No doubt Mackinder came to wonder whether he had been too open when theorising the British strategic experience of Empire and developing new Imperial perspectives for his British audience, especially when it was suggested in America during the Second World War that he had provided a programme for Hitler. It was Karl's unique position with the Nazi hierarchy which gave his son, Albrecht, his chance?or, rather, which put him in a dilemma. Albrecht played for high stakes and reckoned on being either forced to become Hitler's Foreign Minister or being executed. In the wake of the misfired assassination attempt of 20th July 1944, imprisoned, and then shot just as the Russians were entering Berlin. However, he saved his Sonnets, which were clutched in his dead fist, and in many ways, they speak for him. 94 pp. Illustrations, Bibliography, Index.

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Name: More of her espionage reports from Ireland to Winston Churchill

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Author: Bowen, Elizabeth

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978 1 903497 54 8

Contents: This is the second collection of Elizabeth Bowen’s espionage reports which we are publishing. We had thought that somebody among her many fans would have gone to the trouble of locating as many as possible of the approximately 200 reports she wrote during the War years and continued the work of making them available. However, these fans do not seem to consider them important enough though she obviously did so - considering the enormous effort that went into the preparation of them. This publication contains the evidence that Churchill and the War Cabinet also considered them important. Important enough to discuss them and take decisions on the basis of them. That alone would justify their availability as historical documents. We do hope that more will appear but that we will be saved the bother of publishing them. Also included is background material on the War including a proposal by Nicholas Mansergh who was a leading functionary in the Ministry of Information?

Extracts: CONTENTS Foreword by Jack Lane 5 Notes on Eire, July 13th, 1940 by Elizabeth Bowen 6 Notes on Ireland, 21st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 12 Notes on Ireland, 31st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 17 Notes on Eire, 14th August, 1940 by E. Bowen 24 Annex 1. Churchill’s acknowledgement 30 Annex 2. Omission from one copy of a report 31 Annex 3. Correspondence about the reports 32 Annex 4. H. V. Hodson 34 Annex 5. Churchill’s plans to ‘save’ Ireland from the Germans 35 Annex 6. A proposal by Nicholas Mansergh 36 Index 37

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Name: Muriel MacSwiney

Subtitle: Letters To Angela Clifford

Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 00 76

Contents: This book is about Muriel McSwiney—not Mary. The wife—not the sister?of the Republican Martyr who died after two-and-a-half months on Hunger Strike in 1920. Terence knew he had a revolutionary destiny to fulfil and was not going to marry—that is, until he met Muriel Frances Murphy, a beautiful Cork heiress who was ardently concerned about social injustice and who believed Irish freedom would bring social justice along with independence. Muriel gave her husband a brief measure of personal happiness during their three years together, as well as doing what she could to further the national cause. When the time of the grim test came, though she had been in poor health, she was the perfect helpmate, sitting quietly by his bedside daily, attending at the offices of the Self-Determination League to give bulletins on his health, smiling for reporters, keeping calm throughout. She did not physically collapse till right at the end. Muriel went on to live for another sixty years after that fateful episode. This book attempts to trace her subsequent life: her work against the Treaty, espousal of Jim Larkin's Communist Party and the Continental revolutionary movement, and political committment to the oppressed the world over. Muriel's politics after 1923 were not to the satisfaction of Catholic-nationalist Ireland. There was one child of the marriage, Máire. She was kidnapped from Germany by Mary MacSwiney, and brought to Ireland, where the deed was ratified by the courts. This severe blow nearly killed Muriel, but she pulled through and went on working for the causes she believed in. The last of these was the housing agitation led by Dennis Dennehy, whose Hunger Strike caught her attention, coinciding as it did with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the sitting of the First Dail in early 1969. It was that social agitation which occasioned the unique feature of this book, the letters written by Muriel to Angela Clifford in the following few years. These letters fill out Muriel's public profile, and reveal her as a progressive well ahead of her time. Ireland is now catching up on her world-view. Perhaps this book will help to get her the acknowledgement she deserves, and give her her rightful place in the inclusive Ireland which is the current aspiration. 168 pp. Bibliography. Index.

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Name: Myths From Easter 1916

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Author: Neeson, Eoin

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 34 0

Contents: Eoin Neeson is the author of 23 books and 14 plays. Much of his historic writing has been devoted to subjects ignored or neglected before his own work appeared—The Civil War in Ireland; A History of Irish Forestry; Birth of the Republic; the Epic of the Tain—to name but four of his ground-breaking works.

In Myths from Easter 1916 he again breaks new ground, examining and disposing of myths that have grown and ripened with the years and also suggesting answers to the questions:—

i. Why did the Civil War occur? ii What might have happened had Michael Collins not been killed?

It is a book that no one interested in the course of formative Irish history can afford to miss.

Neeson was born and reared in Cork. Of his books, five, including this one, are on history. Much of his other work is devoted to Mythology, his most recent, An Tain, the Imperishable Celtic Epic, being the first narrative version of the entire epic in modern language. His historical novels under the pseudonym Donal O'Neill led to his being dubbed "the Walter Scott of Ireland". He now lives in Dublin and lectures at home and abroad.

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Name: Narrative History Of Ireland (Stair-Sheanchas Éireann)

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Author: Ó Siochfhradha, Mícheál

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 903497 21 3

Contents: Seo stair na hÉireann, ón tsean-aimsir go dtí an lá inniu, curtha in eagar ag Mícheál Ó Siochfhradha ó Chorcha Dhuibhne. Tá aistí eile sonnracha sa leabhar seo, mar atá, fianaise Phádraig Uí Shiochfhradha ("An Seabhac") i dtaobh Sheachtain na Cásca 1916, agus cur síos ar an tslí ar chuaigh cúrsaí domhanda i bhfeidhm ar stair na hÉireann sa fichiú aois. Má tá ré an aithbhreithiúnachais i stair scríobhtha na hÉireann ag teacht chun deiridh,is mithid breathnú siar arís ar an nós inar chuir stairithe na hÉireann an scéal ársa sin in iúl don tsaol. This is a narrative history of Ireland from prehistoric times until the present day. It gives a lucid, concise account of all the major events over two millenia. It is the perfect introduction to the course of Irish history and it was a standard school textbook for many years at Secondary level. It was originally published in Irish only by the Educational Company of Ireland. This is a bilingual edition. As in previous publications we have retained the original Gaelic script. Therefore, the book is both a study of history and a means of studying some Gaelic as well as an opportunity to appreciate a modern example of the unique Gaelic script.

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Name: Ned Buckley's Poems

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Author: Buckley, Ned

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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Contents: 112 pp. Paperback.

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Name: Northern Ireland And The Algerian Analogy

Subtitle: A Suitable Case For Gaullism?

Author: Roberts, Hugh

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1986

ISBN: 0 85034 031 4

Contents: The assumption that the Ulster Protestants are a privileged and reactionary colonial caste, comparable with the Europeans in Algeria, is widespread within the English liberal and left intelligentsia, and has exercised an influence on Government policy towards the province since 1968. An analogy between the Unions and the "colons" in Algeria is frequently alluded to, if rarely argued explicitly. In this book, Hugh Roberts, who has devoted the last 13 years to a specialist study of Algeria, subjects these assumptions to detailed scrutiny and devastating criticism. The idea that the British Government has only to take on the Unionists as De Gaulle took on the "colons" was central to the strategic conception underlying the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Hugh Roberts shows that this idea rests on a basic historical ignorance of both Algeria and Ireland, even when it is expounded by such an eminent academic as R. W. Johnson, and that the political strategy derived from it is a practical impossibility. At a time when that bungled piece of colonialist engineering, the Hillsborough Agreement, is visibly collapsing, Hugh Roberts' analysis provides an indispensable key to the Northern Ireland problem, and a long overdue refutation of the tacitly racist stereotype of the Ulster Protestants which is current in the English press and Universities. 72 pp.

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Name: Northern Ireland: What Is It?

Subtitle: Professor Mansergh Changes His Mind

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Politics

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2011

ISBN: 1 8740157 26 7

Contents: This book is called Northern Ireland: What Is It? It might also have been called, Northern Ireland: What Is It For? After all, there must have been good reason to establish such a perverse system of government in a society so divided. Or perhaps The State Of Northern Ireland would have been to the point. The ambiguity of that title also goes to the heart of what this book is about: the governing arrangement established by Britain and the trouble it has caused. The 1920 Government of Ireland Act described itself as providing for the "good government" of an area broken off from Ireland—but the forms it set up made bad government inevitable. In a sense "Northern Ireland" was a time-bomb planted by stealth with the detonation coming some fifty years later.

But why was this done? What was "Northern Ireland" for? That is a question which has never been considered.

This book considers what was established in Northern Ireland and why. The why is important. It had—and continues to have—to do with the handling of the bit of Ireland which broke the Imperial State: an Ireland which had to cope with seeing a national minority misgoverned across the Border.

Professor Nicholas Mansergh was a historian, constitutional expert, and part of the inner ruling class of Britain. He wrote a book on Northern Ireland in 1936 which correctly described the constitutional form while misconceiving its politics. In 1983 he altered his opinion of "Northern Ireland" and endorsed an academic description of it as an Irish 'state', setting a trend picked up by a medley of other academics. This book takes a look at those writings and takes issue with their approach, which fitted in with the new Oxbridge project of "Re-Writing Irish History". History-writing has become a political project. If war is a continuation of politics by other means, it might be said that politics is a continuation of war by other means. Britain may have lost in 1922, but the war is not over yet.

"Northern Ireland" is clearly continuing to serve the purpose for which it was set up.

A Belfast Magazine, No. 38.

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Name: Notes On The History Of Millstreet

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2001

ISBN: 1 903 497 04 3

Contents: These two contributions towards a history of Millstreet, by Canon Costello and Padraig O'Maidin, were prepared some time ago. "Canon Costello took a particular interest in the history of the Parish while he was Parish Priest here and collected a lot of interest over a number of years. The late Padraig O'Maidin was in charge of the County Library for many years and contributed an enormous amount to local history through his research and writings in many journals and newspapers." Their work will appeal to natives, exiles and anyone interested in the real history which is the detailed local knowledge of Ireland.

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Name: On Hitler And Mussolini

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Author: Murphy, James

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2002

ISBN: 0 58034 087 10

Contents: The collection of writings by James Murphy (1880-1946) reprinted here has the general aim of explaining the emergence of Fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s as a historical phenomenon arising out of the elemental consequences of the First World War. Murphy, an ordained priest who dropped out of clerical practice, was closely involved with the Italian situation during the war and for some years afterwards. He then moved to Germany, where he was on familiar terms with Einstein, Schrodinger and Max Planck. He was thus exceptionally qualified to comment on the affairs of both countries. As well as providing background information to facilitate the reader in following these Italian and German events, Brendan Clifford, in an extensive introduction, reviews modern Germany's difficulties in coming to terms with the aftermath of war. Particular attention is paid to the furore around the speech to the Bundestag by Speaker Phillip Jenninger on the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht. An appendix on The Jewish Problem in interwar eastern Europe completes this collection. Athol Books has already re-published the "International Forum", the star-studded magazine Murphy produced in Berlin in 1931. The present volume will further enhance the reputation of a remarkable European, who seemed equally at home in the worlds of philosophy, literature, abstruse physics, and practical politics.

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