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Name: Troubled History

Subtitle: A tenth anniversary critique of Peter Hart's The IRA and its Enemies (1998)

Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P & Meehan, Niall

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903497–46-3

Contents: Niall Meehan examines Peter Hart's arguments in the context of political pressures in Irish society affecting the writing of Irish history. In particular, he looks at the effect of violence in Northern Ireland post 1968. The threat of violence was used to inhibit intellectual inquiry in Southern Ireland. State censorship, perfected by Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien while a minister from 1973-1977, was accompanied by attacks on print media, on dissenting academics and on civil liberties. This, argues Meehan, helped to stabilise a new orthodoxy that privileged reframing the earlier Irish Troubles of 1916-21 as a religious or ethnic conflict. Within this new framework Peter Hart's research emerged and was uncritically applauded in 1998.

Meehan publishes for the first time an affidavit from the son of the last surviving participant in the Kilmichael ambush of November 28, 1920. He also publishes a newspaper report of the death of this ambush veteran. Peter Hart claimed to have interviewed an ambush participant anonymously one day later. In the affidavit it is claimed that Hart could not have interviewed the last surviving participant. The sole surviving IRA veteran suffered a stroke affecting his mobility and speech over a year prior to Hart's claimed anonymous interviews with two such veterans. Meehan pursues these and also newly discovered inconsistencies in Hart's account of sectarianism during the conflict. He attempts an explanation of why these deficiencies are ignored by mainstream Irish historians.

Brian Murphy examines the way in which Peter Hart's research on Cork during Ireland's War of Independence has been used to encourage the view that Catholic-Protestant antagonisms were a significant feature of the conflict. Murphy answers criticism of his research on British Propaganda in 1920 by David Leeson of Laurentian University, Canada. Murphy also examines Leeson's defense of Peter Hart. Murphy indicates the extent of significant Protestant support for Irish Independence. He takes issue with a recent Irish television documentary that pursued the Hart sectarianism thesis in another part of Ireland during the War of Independence.

Ruan O'Donnell, in his introduction, makes the point that 'the highly contentious nature of the revolutionary period has found an echo in the hostile tenor present in some of the debates between scholars. Questions of interpretation are inevitable in such dialogues and important issues have also arisen in relation to the reliability of certain classes of historical evidence. Something of the heat of these clashes stems, in all probability, from proximity to 'the Long War'. Connections between 1922 and 1998 are obviously more profound than the mere repetition of nomenclature and re-articulation of slogans but contemporary judgments on this issue must, as yet, remain tentative. It is to be hoped that a fuller and more nuanced grasp of Irish history will emerge from the new histories of the new Ireland.'

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Name: Twisted Law versus Documented History

Subtitle: Geoffrey Robertson's opinion on genocide against proven facts

Author: Aya, Server

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-085034-127-2

Contents: A new book by Mr Sükrü Server Aya. "Mr. Aya is a lively controversialist as well as being an indefatigable researcher with a rare knowledge of original documents. I have enjoyed this book and have been impressed by it, as I had enjoyed his earlier polemics with purveyors of Armenian nationalist propaganda." Dr. Andrew Mango

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Name: Ulster Presbyterianism

Subtitle: The Historical Perspective

Author: Brooke, Peter

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1994

ISBN: 0 85034 074 8

Contents: Presbyterianism was established in Ulster on a firm organisational basis in the 1650s, under the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. It was sufficiently strong to resist persecution after the Restoration of Charles II. It achieved a small degree of recognition by the state after the Glorious Revolution of 1689. It was, in a sense, a state within a state. Its Synods, Presbyteries and Sessions were courts in which cases concerning ministers and laymen could be heard. It exercised a rigorous discipline over its members. Its ministers and lay elders met regularly throughout the year to decide the affairs of the community. Congregations had the right to choose their ministers. All ministers had equal status and decisions were arrived at between them by majority vote. For two centuries there was a constant stream of controversial pamphlets relating entirely to theological disputes among Ulster Presbyterians, many of which had important political implications as well. This, then, was a highly organised community with a well-developed intellectual life, sharpened by continual debate. Such was their organisational and intellectual self-confidence that, at the end of the eighteenth century, a group of them, representing all shades of theological opinion, made a bid to seize power in Ireland in the name of French Revolutionary principles. This book examines the Ulster Presbyterian community over a period of more than three centuries. It shows how religion can contribute to the development of a sense of cultural and national identity. It therefore goes far towards showing how the Ulster Protestants have remained so troublesome for those in Britain and Ireland who like to think of Ireland becoming one people under one government, separate from Great Britain. 208 pp. Bibliography. Index. Chronology. Glossary Of Terms.

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Name: Union Jackery

Subtitle: the pre-history of Fascism in Britain

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 874157 12 X

Contents: A Belfast Magazine, No. 25

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Price: £6.00

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Name: Walter Cox's Union Star

Subtitle: a reprint of his 1797 paper

Author: Cox, Walter

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-874158-18-9

Contents: Walter Cox was one of the creators of the world. He created an Irish nation out of the chaos of Anglo-Ireland after the 1798 Rebellions and the Act of Union. The 'Protestant nation' of the 18th century fell into confusion. When its independent Parliament was taken away from it—when that Parliament was bribed by the Government into liquidiating itself—it left behind it several mounds of debris. Cox, through his Irish Magazine (1807-1815) breathed life into the biggest of these mounds—the Catholic mound. Read on…

A Belfast Magazine, No. 31

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Name: War, Insurrection And Election In Ireland, 1914-21

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0 85034 079 9

Contents: The 1916 Rising set into its context of Britain at bloody war. How Britain used force to try to override the results of the 1918 [General] Election in Ireland in favour of Independence, despite just fighting a war for Democracy and the Rights of Small Nations. And how this British behaviour is justified by a new breed of Irish historians.

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Name: Was 1916 A Crime?

Subtitle: A discussion from 'Village' Magazine, July - July 2006

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 25 6

Contents: This is the second edition of this work which incorporates new material printed in 'Village' magazine since December 2005

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Name: We're Red, We're Black

Subtitle: A Season behind the scenes in the Irish League

Author: Langhammer, Mark

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-872078-27-4

Contents: Mark Langhammer’s new book “We’re Red, We’re Black – A season behind the Scenes in the Irish League” is a behind the scenes view of a season from the perspective of a football club board director. At face value, it is a month-by-month journey through Crusaders FC’s 2015-16 football season, from the close season in May 2015 through to retaining the Irish League in April 2016. But it’s not just a chronological whizz through the 2015-16 football season. It ‘stops off’ to record the Crusaders story of the past ten years, explaining how the tired, run-down, relegated and technically bankrupt Crusaders of 2005 became the Irish League’s representatives in the 2015-16 European Champions League. If you are looking for analysis of the football on the field this is probably not the book for you. Hopefully, however, it will tell you something about the culture, history, ways and foibles of Crusaders FC, a club owned and run by its fans. Enjoy the ride! BHES, ISBN 978-1-872078-27-4 from http://www.crusadersfc.com/productdetail/ID/151/parent_id/28

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Name: What is a Nation?

Subtitle: By Ernest Renan and Joseph Stalin

Author: Clifford, Brendan

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-85034-132-4

Contents: What is a Nation? by Ernest Renan The Nation, by Joseph Stalin Epilogue by Brendan Clifford Introduction drawing out the implications for the Two Nations Theory and other matters, by Brendan Clifford. A nation is a historically evolved mixture of things: race, religion, language, economic interest, geographical factors, dynastic influence. All of these things, or some of them, are blended, in various proportions, through historical events, to produce the sense of communal affinity between very large numbers of people that is called nationality. The blend is the nation. Its reality is in the blend. It is not reducible to any one of its components, though one or other of the components may be particularly emphasised in particular phases of national development. Ireland is a nation; so is Northern Ireland: when NI became systematically less British in its political life, it did not lose the collective sense of itself as a distinct social body with a will to survive, even in conflict with Britain. This is why in 1969 Brendan Clifford described the two nations as two Irish nations. At the time he published the two nations analysis of the Northern situation, together with extracts from the two classic works on nationality from opposite sides of the European political spectrum (Renan and Stalin) to show what he meant by a nation, This pamphlet reproduces these extracts, with a new introduction by Brendan Clifford and an epilogue discussing the relationship between class and nation, war in an imagined world, invented nations, the nation as historic territory, Charles O’Conor, and sectarianism.

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Name: Whither Northern Ireland?

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2010

ISBN: 973 1 874157 23 3

Contents: What is Northern Ireland? Where did it come from? Where is it going?

If it was a state it need not be going anywhere. It might just exist, and get on with the business of governing itself. But it is not a state, it never had been a state; and it is extremely improbable that it ever could be a state. In a world composed of states there is therefore an inevitable question mark over it.

Whither Northern Ireland?

A Belfast Magazine, No. 36

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