The war of independence, 1919–21


in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI:

Series: New History of Ireland

The war of independence, 1919–21

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This chapter focuses on the Irish War of Independence during the period from 1919 to 1921. It discusses the refusal of the newly elected Sinn Féin members of parliament to take their seats at Westminster and their decision to instead assemble in Dublin. The chapter explains the Sinn Féin members' creation of an executive government and their declaration of independence. It also describes the violent confrontation between Irish and British forces, and the pattern of assassination and counter-assassination.

Keywords: War of Independence; Sinn Féin; Westminster; Dublin; executive government; independence; Irish forces; British forces; assassination

Chapter.  10848 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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