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Informers in 20th Century Ireland : The Costs of Betrayal - by Angela Duffy (Paperback)

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The author describes Irish informers of the 20th century, how they were recruited, and why did they risked so much. She draws on archival material, parliamentary records, oral history, and printed material to trace the evolution of the informer from amateurish and opportunistic traitors of the earlier years of the 20th century to the full-scale networks that emerged in end-of-the-century Northern Ireland. She aims to illustrate the havoc created by betrayal; the various types of informers, including men, women, and children; the effects of their actions on their lives; and their effects on the history of their time. She does not cover politics or the uses of their information. She describes the period from the Easter Rising to the Civil War, with emphasis on the Anglo-Irish War; the Emergency and Irish neutrality, the difficulties faced by the IRA (Irish Republican Army), their attempts to enlist German aid, and the later years until Operation Harvest; the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) Special Branch and recruitment of informers in Castlereagh Interrogation Center; the British army involvement with informers and the connection with MI5; and the supergrasses, the RUC attempt to provide Jack Hermon with converted terrorists, and the show-trials that brought down the criticism of Europe and America on Northern Ireland. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 236
Genre: History, Political Science
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Angela Duffy
Language: English
Street Date: June 8, 2018
TCIN: 53300410
UPC: 9781476673295
Item Number (DPCI): 248-60-2140
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