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Neutrality as a moral choice,
This review is from: That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War (Hardcover)
IRELAND'S neutrality during the second world war has long been a contentious issue.
What is particularly interesting about this book is Wills' argument that what was in fact a choice of necessity - Ireland could not defend itself and an alliance with the UK was politically untenable - was subsequently reinvented as a moral choice.
This morality of neutrality went on to infect post-war Irish politics in such a way as to support an isolationalism that envisioned Ireland as standing alone against the forces of modernisation and progress.