Ireland's Government in WWII Comparison Essay by emiav

Ireland's Government in WWII
This paper compares the effectiveness of the two Irish governments during World War Two.
# 100845 | 3,243 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005 | FR
Published on Feb 07, 2008 in History (British) , History (European - World Wars)

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The paper contrasts Eire's policy of neutrality, during WWII, to that of Northern Ireland's involvement in the fight against the Axis powers. The paper explains the reasons why each government had to choose either neutrality or involvement. The paper then looks at how each government managed to cope with the state of war. Finally, the paper studies the effectiveness of these governments in matters of war, namely security, regulations of supplies and conscription.

From the Paper:

"During World War One, the whole Ireland, linked with Great Britain by the Act of Union of 1800, had chosen to fully support the Allied side against Germany. Following the call from both the leader of Northern Ireland, Edward Carson, and the leader of Southern Ireland, John Redmond, the Ulster Volunteers and 90% of the Irish Volunteers had enrolled as divisions of the British army. Twenty-five years later, the deal had changed and it was with a newly divided Ireland facing various internal problems that World War Two broke. The result was that Eire chose to observe a policy of neutrality, while Northern Ireland, still part of the United Kingdom, followed Britain in the fight against the Axis."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • B. Barton, The Blitz, Belfast in the War Years (Belfast: the Blackstaff Press, 1989).
  • J.W. Blake, Northern Ireland in the Second World War (Belfast: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1956).
  • T.R. Dwyer, Irish Neutrality and the USA (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1977).
  • D. O'Drisceoil, Censorship in Ireland 1939-1945, neutrality, politics and society (Cork University Press, 1996).
  • Ireland in the War years and After, 1939-51, Nowlan & Williams eds. ( Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1969).

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