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The Impact of World War One on Limerick

The Impact of World War One on Limerick (Hardback)

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This book examines the impact of World War One on the people of Limerick. It traces how recruitment, which was weak at the commencement of the war, increased locally after the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, John Redmond, issued his call for Irish nationalists and others to enlist, and, as the war progressed, how Sinn Fein separatists impinged on recruiting efforts. It also shows that the British War Office were unwitting contributors to the separatists' cause by their ill-conceived actions that only assisted them in their political cause and anti-recruiting campaign. The book also tracks how the separatists gained considerably in both military and political strength locally through the inept policies that changed public support for the war effort, thereby paving the way for the Sinn Fein victory in the General Election of December 1918; thus giving credence to the author and poet Robert Graves' description that Limerick had become a Sinn Fein-ridden town.

Further to this, it demonstrates that, despite the best efforts of local capitalists to procure war work contracted out by the British War Office, only very little was achieved; the War Office ensuring that the vast array of such work was to remain in Britain. Some local capitalists did, of course, gain as a result of the war; these were notably those such as merchants and farmers who were in a position to provide Britain and her army with all the foodstuffs that she required. Those on low incomes, namely the working class who also provided the majority of recruits for the armed forces, were to suffer through the ever-increasing price rises. This book, therefore, reveals a complex scene where social and political alignments reflect much of what was happening nationally, but also had uniquely local characteristics.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/11/2012 ISBN-13: 9781443841412  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Tadhg Moloney holds an MA and a PhD in History from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has written on many aspects of Limerick's place in the wider national context and has campaigned for the updating of the Limerick Freeman's List. He is a founding member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and served as its Honorary Secretary for twenty years. He is currently researching aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Limerick city politics through the lens of its public buildings and monuments.

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