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Heroes or Traitors?: Experiences of Southern Irish Soldiers Returning from the Great War 1919-1939

Paul Taylor


Covering the period from the Armistice to 1939, the book examines the experiences of Irish soldiers who had fought in the British Army in World War One after they had returned home to the part of Ireland that became the Irish Free State. At the onset of War, southern Irishmen volunteered in large numbers and marched off accompanied by cheering crowds and the promise of a heroes’ welcome home. In 1916, whilst its soldiers fought in the British army, Ireland witnessed an insurrection, the Easter Rising, against British rule. It meant the soldiers returned to a much changed Ireland, that no longe ... More

Keywords: Irish soldiers, World War One, Irish Free State, Easter Rising, successful integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781781381618
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Taylor, author