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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Mackay, James A. (James Alexander), 1936-
Edinburgh ; London : Mainstream Pub. ; N. Pomfret, VT : Distributed by Trafalgar Square, 1996
|Named Person:||Michael Collins|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
James A Mackay
|Description:||320 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.|
Collins had a crucial role in working out the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921, but on the outbreak of the savage civil war of 1922-23 he conducted the campaign against the anti-Treaty rebels with flair and ruthless energy. When Griffith died suddenly on 12 August 1922, Collins became head of state as well as commander-in-chief of the army. Ten days later, while on a tour of inspection in his home county, General Collins was ambushed by the IRA and fatally shot. He was only 31 years old.
No man since Parnell has so captured the imagination of Ireland, and his death was deeply mourned on both sides of the Irish Sea. Had Collins lived, the subsequent course of Anglo-Irish relations would have been very different. Though this is one of the great might-have-beens of history, there are vital lessons to be learned from the life and times of this strong, enigmatic, controversial but above all charismatic figure that have an important bearing on the solution of the present Irish dilemma.