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Frank Aiken : nationalist and internationalist

Author: Bryce Evans; Stephen Kelley
Publisher: Sallins : Irish Academic Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Frank Aiken- a revolutionary & statesman- was a monumental and complex figure in 20th century Irish history. However, he remains a controversial figure - regarded as a war criminal by some and a principled proponent of National liberation by others. In this engaging biography, contributors scrutinize Aiken's thoughts and actions at several critical junctures in modern Irish and world history, taking readers through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Evans, Bryce.
Frank aiken
(OCoLC)870199410
Named Person: Frank Aiken; Frank Aiken; Frank Aiken
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bryce Evans; Stephen Kelley
ISBN: 9780716532415 0716532417 9780716532569 0716532565
OCLC Number: 880349763
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Pt. I: NATIONALIST : --
Frank Aiken: family, early life and the revolutionary period, 1898-1921 --
Frank Aiken's civil wars, 1922-1923 --
Frank Aiken and the IRA, 1923-1933 --
Frank Aiken and the volunteer force of the Irish Army, 1934-1939 --
'The Iron Man with the wooden head'? Frank Aiken and the Second World War --
An experiment or a new departure? Frank Aiken in finance, 1945-1948 --
From anti-partitionism to realpolitik? Frank Aiken, partition and Northern Ireland, 1948-1954. Pt. II: INTERNATIONALIST : --
Frank Aiken at the United Nations: some personal recollections --
'Personally I think it would be positively hilarious': the European Convention, the Cyprus Question and Frank Aiken's state of exception --
'Initiative and courage': Frank Aiken and the Congo Crisis, 1960-1961 --
'China is more important to you than Armagh': Frank Aiken and Tibet --
A man with a cause: Frank Aiken, the Palestine refugee issue and the evolution of Ireland's Middle East policy, 1957-1969.
Responsibility: editors Bryce Evans and Stephen Kelley.

Abstract:

Frank Aiken- a revolutionary & statesman- was a monumental and complex figure in 20th century Irish history. However, he remains a controversial figure - regarded as a war criminal by some and a principled proponent of National liberation by others. In this engaging biography, contributors scrutinize Aiken's thoughts and actions at several critical junctures in modern Irish and world history, taking readers through the War of Independence, Civil War, the birth of the new state, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the modern Northern Ireland Troubles. The unrivaled breadth of this study traces in detail the footprints Aiken left on the national and international political stage. Frank Aiken owed his early eminence to military rather than political leadership. He was commandant of the 4th Northern Division of the IRA during the War of Independence and, though he tried to resist action and affect a truce, was driven to undertake the most daring and spectacular feats of the Irish Civil War. He became IRA Chief of Staff, but was expelled for backing de Valera's plan for a Republican government - the beginnings of Fianna Fail. Thereafter, his instrumental role was to be political: a Minister for Defense, Finance, and External Affairs over the course of the following decades. He was to oversee much success and controversy in the burgeoning state. With heartfelt testimonies - from family members, rivals, and colleagues that shed light on the life of Frank Aiken as a man, politician, and myth - this biography represents the first deserving assessment of a monumental personality in 20th-century Irish history. -- Publisher description.

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