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The Republic was inevitably part of the war but not in the war. Observers were, as it were, neutered by the Republic's neutrality. Prof. Wills is as concerned with the lives of individual people as with the reactions of writers and political leaders. In the short term the isolation made Irishmen more Irish whilst British, Empire and American sacrifices secured the Republic's untroubled survival. Prof. Wills adds a new dimension to our approach to a subject which will continue to attract and divide historian.
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"That Neutral Island A Cultural History of Ireland during the Second World War"Please download to view full document