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Gabriel Doherty teaches in the Department of History, University College Cork. He received his BA in Modern History from Oxford University, having studied at Magdalen College between 1986 and 1989. Dr Dermot Keogh is Professor of History at University College Cork. He was a Fulbright Professor in San Jose, California in 1983 and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, in 1988. He has taken a special interest in the peace process in Northern Ireland and was commissioned to write a study of the history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century by the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.

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  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4REK
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Melrose on May 6, 2005
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I have always been rather surprised that the Irish seemed embarrassed by their great patriot Michael Collins. Their reluctance to admire the Irishman who fought the British to a standstill baffled me, but with this anthology I begin to understand their attitude. We in the U.S. celebrate our revolution and separation from Britain, and we praise our military heroes like George Washington. The Irish revolution was a messier and unfinished revolution, with the needless Civil War hard on its heels. And Collins' untimely death not only robbed Ireland of his guiding hand, but left his promise as a leader unfulfilled. This is amply explored in Michael Collins and the Making of the Irish State.

The Neil Jordan film Michael Collins is mentioned in many of the essays included in this book, usually as a catalyst for the re-examination of both the revolutionary period from 1916 to 1921 and of the extraordinary contributions of Michael Collins. This is not a book for the beginner, but if you want to add to your knowledge of Michael Collins and of how this eventful period in Irish history has been viewed in Ireland, it is a very good book which presents multiple viewpoints.

A previous reviewer mentioned the RTE video "The Treaty", which is sadly no longer available. If you can obtain a copy (perhaps from a library), it is an excellent docu-drama type treatment of the Irish treaty negotiations of 1921 which ended up splitting the country and setting the stage for civil war. Martin Mansergh's excellent essay included in this book delves into the issues on both British and Irish sides of the Treaty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara on June 20, 2003
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Though I had some difficulty tracking this title down, finding it was well worth my effort. This book contains articles by the editors, Mary Banotti (grandniece of Collins' and MEP), Joe Lee, Margot Gearty, Gearóid O�Sullivan, Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Eunan O�Halpin, Peter Young, Éamon Phoenix, John Regan, Deirdre McMahon, Diarmuid Ã" Giolláin, Tom Garvin, Martin Mansergh, and Ronan Fanning. To someone already familiar with Irish history, many of these names are recognizable and to the Irish history newcomer, expect to learn a lot. As one review noted, these articles do presume at the very least a rudimentary knowledge of Irish history. If you are looking to read your first book on the subject, I would suggest starting out with something less difficult. For the history buff with a die-hard interest in Michael Collins, this book provides intriguing, absorbing information. It includes Collins� experiences in Granard with the Kiernan family, Collins� relationships both romantic and platonic, Collins� role as Minister for Finance and Director of Intelligence, Collins� military skills, Collins� place in the Northern Question, the possibility that Collins died intestate, Collins� biographers, Collins and propaganda funerals, Collins and de Valera, etc., etc. The book also includes several b/w photos, two of which I hadn�t seen before. For anyone conducting academic research on Collins or for anyone simply reading about his life for personal enrichment, I would highly recommend this book as an unbeatable addition to your library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
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This compilation of articles on Ireland's legendary revolutionary hero is particularly interesting in that it offers assessments of him on many levels--the comrade, the suitor, the financial brain, the intelligence chief, the practical idealist, the hard man, the soft man, the visionary. All the aspects are fascinating and the individual essays are well written as well as very balanced, for the most part. The collection appears to be an attempt--generally successful--to put into perspective a man and a life that have been alternately obscured by deliberate attempts to keep his accomplishments in the shadows, over-idealized by admirers attempting to rectify the former, or simply distorted by being too closely linked to the wrenching times in which he lived. This is a book which helps the interested reader understand the real man and his critical importance to the creation of the Free State of Ireland, now the Republic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Raven on May 9, 2000
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Michael Collins and the Making of the Irish State had its genesis in the Peace and Reconciliation conference held at University College Cork in 1997. Later, the essays were collected and edited into this volume.

The essays look at the various aspects of Michael Collins as historical figure, romantic figure, military leader, political leader and terrorist. For the most part, they are even handed attempts to place the man against the backdrop of turbulent times and strong personalities.

The essays do assume that the reader has some knowledge of Irish history and politics; that aside, they are still interesting to someone new to the field and valuable for the scholar of Irish history.
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Michael Collins is the Republic of Ireland's traditional, essential hero. His bravery and goals for Ireland's freedom began the genesis years of eternal efforts to be free of British rule. This book endeavors to relive those tumuluous times eventually resulting in The Republic of Ireland. "The Big Fella" earned the respect and love of his fellow Irishmen elevating his position to the people above the jealous and envious President Eamen de Valera, Who 'til this day has been a question mark as to his involvement in the assassination of Ireland's beloved Mick Collins. Collins will forever live in Irish lore and memory for his many positive attributes freeing Ireland from the Black & Tans and British tyranny. A very good read. Beverly - Dover, Delaware
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