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Soldiers to Civilians, Civilians to Soldiers: Poland and Ireland after the First World War<sup>1</sup>

Julia Eichenberg

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0011

Series: The Greater War

Soldiers to Civilians, Civilians to Soldiers: Poland and Ireland after the First World War1

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Julia Eichenberg's chapter analyses the continuation of violence in Ireland and Poland after the end of the Great War. In both countries, the postwar conflict was dominated by irregular warfare. The genesis of paramilitary formations in Poland and Ireland shows a radicalization of independence movements, accelerated by the political disintegration of the former regimes. Distinctions between civilians and the military were eroded in the face of guerrilla warfare and ethnic, religious and ideologically motivated violence.

Keywords: IRA; independence movements; violence; Poland; Ireland

Chapter.  8067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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