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A Shocking and revealing story,
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This review is from: Spitting on a Soldier's Grave: Court Martialed After Death, the Story of the Forgotten Irish and British Soldiers (Paperback)A very easy to read format and style. So shocking to read that a modern and a once part of the UK dealt such a cruel blow to hundreds of loyal citizens who died in the awful WW1. To CM ALL their own people after dying for the freedom of the west was toally shocking and cruel.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2012 18:01:27 GMT
Spitting on a soldiers grave. Robert Widders.
I was about to order the book, which I had just read a serious critique of, and found myself reading the reviews to obtain a broad view of readers opinions of it.
This writer shows a seriously partial understanding of Irish history. Yes, Ireland was 'part of the UK' - an enforced dominance by England which led to a 700 year struggle for freedom culminating in the 1916 rebellion, the War of Independence, the terrorism of the 'black and tans', and finally the Civil War.
The book is about events during, and the aftermath of, World War Two, and the attitude of the newly-independent Ireland's government, many members of which which argued that the 'soldiers' concerned were deserters from the new Irish Army and a threat to Irish 'neutrality'.
I have not yet read the book but hope it deals with the attempt by the Irish President - profoundly Catholic, virulently right-wing, self-aggrandising and deeply anti-British - and his intention of controlling Ireland through the Presidency. I hope it also analyses any opposition that was displayed to his stance. I hope it also discusses how 'The List' was not retained for ex-soldiers and their families but for traditional IRA activists, for Trade Unionists and for Socialists and Communists - indeed, anyone who opposed the incumbent government and De Valera. If not, perhaps we can look forward to a Volume Two.
I do not believe it is possible to judge any aspect of Irish history separate from the past. That the book is said to disclose a deeply shameful part of Irish history - which could be likened to the judicial murder of alleged 'cowards' by the British Army - ensures that it must become essential reading for serious students of Irish history. But please, review the book and then judge the story it tells within the context of the time; please do not muddy what is apparantly a very accessible work of history by pleading the 'English connection' or by taking it outside of the confused and confusing context of a raw, new, State running perilously close to a dictatorship.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 18:15:33 GMT
Mr. A. F. Millership says:
Read the book first b4 commenting on the very brief review of just three sentences,then you will be in a much better position to pass opinions based on knowledge and history-first hand evidence is always the very best evidence in my experience.
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