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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning piece of work!!!, 4 April 2011
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This review is from: A Hard Local War: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork, 1919-1921 (Hardcover)
I have just finished reading this book and i could not wait each night to read it. A hard local war is a great read!! It is the most well researched and best written books on this period of Cork's history. Where as Peter Harts The I.R.A. and its Enemies: Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923 and Gerard Murphy's The Year of Disappearances: Political Killings in Cork, 1920-1921 often are clouded and distorted by the authors' own strong beliefs and dubious extrapolation, William Sheehan sticks to hard facts throughout (no matter how painful for Corkonians to read). He does so by addressing a huge body of research. Each statement and assessment is back up and the book is truly remarkable in that there is no sensational revisionism as Harte often leaned toward. A Hard Local War: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork, 1919-1921 is now, in my opinion, the definite book on this troubled but fascinating period in Cork's history. It's a stunning piece of work, with which William Sheehan should be very, very proud.
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Initial post: 1 May 2011 14:31:41 BDT
It's not right to call William Sheehan or Gerald Murphy's works 'revisionist' or 'dubious'. The whole idea of the Shamrock Awakening was that historians like Sheehan, Murphy, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Peter Hart could challenge the long held and much cherished beliefs of Irish Nationalism with the facts. Now of course they don't like that, they're spitting tacks but they've had the field to themselves for so long it was bound to come eventually. I see it only as a good thing, to finally end the troubles it is very necessary to shatter the culture of victimhood on both sides.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 22:40:38 BDT
thefxgeneral says:
"It's not right to call William Sheehan or Gerald Murphy's works 'revisionist' or 'dubious" - I didn't.
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