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'We are trying to do our share': the construction of positive neutrality and Irish post-war relief to Europe
O'Driscoll, Mervyn
This paper explores aspects of Ireland's post-war relief programme, including the provision of relief to Germany. Irish efforts in the immediate aftermath of World War Two should inform the wider debates about the nature of Irish neutrality and Ireland's relationship with the post-war world, but they are overlooked in the major analyses on Ireland and 'the Emergency'. The provision of relief on the basis of need led to the diagnosis that Germany deserved relief just as the other war-torn countries did. This article argues that many factors intertwined in the instigation and sustenance of the relief programme to Europe. The Irish project was unprecedented in the history of Irish state and popular humanitarianism.
Keyword(s): Neutrality; Ireland; World War Two; Europe; Humanitarian assistance; Eamon de Valera
Publication Date:
2016
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Cork
Citation(s): O'Driscoll, M. (2016) ''We are trying to do our share': the construction of positive neutrality and Irish post-war relief to Europe'. Irish Studies In International Affairs, 27 pp. 21-38. doi: 10.3318/isia.2016.27.14
Publisher(s): Royal Irish Academy
File Format(s): application/pdf
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