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The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath, 1916–1923: Years of Revolt


Francis Costello

This full-length analysis of the Irish Revolution takes into account social, economic, and political developments, including the Irish Republican Army’s campaign of guerrilla warfare and the British response.

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The Irish Revolution, at the beginning of the 20th century, spawned the creation of the modern Irish state.

This full-length analysis offers a comprehensive framework of that revolution in its totality, taking into account the broad range of social, economic, and political developments, as well as the Irish Republican Army’s campaign of guerrilla warfare and the British response to it.

Drawing on such previously unpublished sources as the Irish Department of Defense’s Military History Bureau, author Francis Costello paints a broad picture of the people and the key events in the Irish struggle for independence.

Described by Paul Bew as ‘a revelation’ and ‘ground-breaking,’ this important book is now available in paperback.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


  1. A Storm Builds within the Calm: the Prelude to Revolt
  2. War by Any Other Name
  3. Britain’s Dual Policy: Politics with Coercion
  4. The Stalemate
  5. The Irish Revolution, Labour and the Social Order
  6. The Republican Courts and the Breakdown of British Rule
  7. The Search for a Negotiated Settlement
  8. The Anglo-Irish Truce
  9. The Anglo-Irish Treaty
  10. The Bitter Harvest
  11. Epilogue: Ireland’s Evolution



Appendices – Chronology, Treaties, Agreements, Joint Declarations and Legislative Acts of British  Paliament and Dáil Éireann related to Anglo-Irish Relations from 1920 to date.


About the Author

Francis Costello has published critically acclaimed studies of Terrence MacSwiney and Michael Collins. This book will be required reading for anyone seeking a wider understanding of modern Ireland and the events during the years 1916–1922 that helped to shape it, events which also lay at the root of much of the current conflict in Northern Ireland.