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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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Price: £18.00

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Name: Orange

Subtitle: A Political Rhapsody In Three Cantos

Author: Gillard, George

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

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Contents: Reprint of exuberant swan-song of the Williamite aristocracy which ruled Ireland between the Battle of the Boyne and the Act of Union. First published in Dublin in 1798. Pamphlet.

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Name: Orange Terror

Subtitle: The Partition Of Ireland

Author: Ultach

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1995

ISBN: 1 874157 04 9

Contents: First published in The Capuchin Annual in 1943. Reprinted in "A Belfast Magazine", No. 15, Jan. 1995. Pamphlet.

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Name: Pat Murphy, Social Republican

Subtitle: Tribute to his Life and Work, 1937-2009

Author: O'Connor, Philip

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Publisher: Howth Free Press

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-955316-30-4

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Name: Political And Historical Writings Of Thomas Moore

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1993

ISBN: 0 85034 067 5

Contents: Thomas Moore, who is now remembered only as the author of Moore's Melodies, was the most influential Irish political writer of the first third of the 19th century. Later generations, saturated with O'Connellite Catholic-nationalism, relegated his prose writings to oblivion—it was beyond their power to do anything about the Melodies?and put about the idea that he was a vain and insubstantial individual, who had succumbed to the flattery of English aristocrats. This selection of his writings shows that to be a travesty. The trouble with Moore is that, while he did not become a tool of English aristocracy, neither did he compromise with the Catholic-nationalism of O'Connell. He was brought up amongst the Dublin United Irishmen of the 1790s, and was a friend of Robert Emmet when O'Connell was a Yeoman, and he kept on writing in the United Irish spirit to the end of his life. In the "Memoirs Of Captain Rock", a fictional biography of a Whiteboy family, he relates the history of Ireland in a way that the most demanding Fenian could not quibble with. The "Life Of Lord Edward Fitzgerald" is an uncompromising justification of the United Irish leader. The "Travels Of An Irish Gentleman In Search Of A Religion" is a riposte against the Protestant propagands of the period by somebody who detested the new, Ultramontanist, tendency in Catholicism. This selection includes substantial extracts from these three books, along with extracts from Moore's "Journal", his "History Of Ireland", and his Lives of "Sheridan" and "Byron". Introduction by Brendan Clifford. 268 pp. Illustrated. Index.

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Name: Preposterous Paradoxes Of Ambassador Morgenthau

Subtitle: A factual story about politics, propaganda and distortions

Author: Aya, Server

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Category: Miscellaneous

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-085034-125-6

Contents: Justin McCarthy, Professor of History at the University of Louisville has written of this book: Sükrü Server Aya has done a service to our understanding of history with his analysis of Ambassador Morgenthau's reports on the Armenian Question in the Ottoman Empire. Morgenthau has long held a prominent place in what has become the popularly accepted history of the events of World War I. His descriptions of Armenian suffering feature prominently in accusations that the Ottomans committed genocide. The difficulty, as demonstrated by Aya, is that Morgenthau readily accepted fabricated evidence and himself falsified the record.

Aya's method is simple. He takes Morgenthau's statements and identified the false, the prejudiced, and the impossible. He compares Morgenthau's written accounts with his diaries, showing that much of what Morgenthau allegedly heard from Ottoman officials on plans to exterminate Armenians was complete invention. He analyses the prejudices and political calculations that led to Morgenthau's deception.

This book is not one of the polemics and baseless assertions that too often have characterised histories of the Turks and Armenians. It is a book of incredible detail that demands careful consideration. The effort of readers, however, will be repaid with a new understanding of history and of the creation of the mythology of the events of World War I.

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Name: Prison Adverts And Potato Diggings

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 052 7

Contents: The most wholehearted rebellious act of the United Irish movement of the North was the great constitutional potatoe digging of 1796. People assembled by hundreds and thousands to harvest the potatoes and other crops of neighbours who were imprisoned for alleged treason by the terrorist Government of Lord Camden (1795-98). Another remarkable feature of the time was business advertising from prison by eminently respectable Belfast businessmen. This booklet reprints some of those advertisements, along with "Northern Star" reports of the "hasty digging" of potatoes, and other major events in the life of Antrim and Down during the years when reckless and arbitrary government built up the pressures that found release in the Rebellion of 1798. Pamphlet

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