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The Disparity of SacrificeIrish Recruitment to the British Armed Forces, 1914-1918$
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Timothy Bowman, William Butler, and Michael Wheatley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621853

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621853.001.0001

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A Divided Kingdom: Comparisons of British and Irish Recruiting

A Divided Kingdom: Comparisons of British and Irish Recruiting

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(p.199) 6 A Divided Kingdom: Comparisons of British and Irish Recruiting
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The Disparity of Sacrifice
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Timothy Bowman

William Butler

Michael Wheatley

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621853.003.0007

This chapter analyses recruiting differences within Ireland and between Britain and Ireland.In recent years, historians have focused on similarities, notably concerning the issue of agricultural recruitment, which was poor across the board. The greater Irish dependence upon agriculture explained much of the gulf between Ireland, Ulster and Britain. Another apparent similarity was the trajectory of enlistment over time, with a 1914 peak followed by substantial decline. Moreover, the geographic, class mould of pre-war recruiting was supposedly broken in both Britain and Ireland. All three arguments are reassessed. Was Ireland transformed, in a sudden, terrible war, into being at one with Britain’s commitment to the war effort, or would the burden of history ensure that her destiny was instead one of disunity?

Keywords:   differences, Britain, Ireland, agriculture, trajectory, enlistment, geography, class, disunity

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