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The Anglo-Irish War, 1916-1921: A People's War

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ISBN-13: 978-0275963118
ISBN-10: 027596311X
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.,."a welcome contribution to the existing literature on an important subject. There is a need for students of this era to better understand how it was that Irish revolutionaries in 1919, on their own, came to adopt tactics of unconventional warfare that would in fact serve as a primer for a number of people's wars later in the century. Kautt is more sensitive to the importance of this phenomenon than are a good many of historians of this period."-Albion

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An analysis of the Anglo-Irish War of 1916–1921 using the framework of a people's war, this study explains how one of the smallest nations on earth emerged victorious against one of the world's most powerful empires.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027596311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275963118
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,994,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. H. KAUTT received his D.Phil in Modern History from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. He is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and previously served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

His research interests include, in addition to modern Ireland, unconventional and guerrilla warfare, terrorism, countermobility operations; arms smuggling; intelligence; medieval military history, especially the Crusades, the Military Orders, the Order of Malta in particular; and early modern history.

He is a yodan (4th degree black belt) in Judo and is an accomplished graphic artist, working mostly in heraldry. He is active in charitable work with the poor and sick.

He is married to his wonderful wife Laureen, with whom he has three children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith Cumiskey on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Just read Kautt's book last night in one sitting, which is quite possible considering it is only 113 pages long, plus Appendices. Extremely well annotated, with references to primary and secondary sources abounding. For people with an interest in this topic, it is truly a great reference point. The thing I enjoyed most about the book is the author's explanation of WHY events happened, not just WHAT the events were. Very interesting hypothesis that this was the first "Peoples War". One chapter focuses on guerilla warfare, in general, which is a great stage-setter for the rest of the book. I also enjoyed the final chapter, which is an analysis of "what went right and what went wrong" on both sides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "damobsta" on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
William Kautt's in depth study of the Anglo-Irish War is an outstanding piece of craftsmanship and detailed research. He marries an intense love of Irish history with in depth analysis in a style which allows the lay reader into the murky world of guerilla warfare and the back-story behind the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland. Furthermore, the author's straightforward style aids in understanding both the military and social implications of this war. In here you will find a strong case for why the Anglo-Irish War was the first "People's War" of the 20th century, preceeding the work of Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh, and this alone is an insight into Irish History which will be new to most readers. You don't need to be an expert on Che Guevera or the Emerald Isle to enjoy this book. If you're looking for an introduction to unconventional warfare, this is a fine place to start. Grab a pint of Guiness and learn something!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2004
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I had expected more of this book (especially in view of its really outrageous price). The book has an interesting but not really novel approach to the Anglo-Irish War in its discussion of the "people's war" aspect of it, i.e., a guerrilla war which enabled a small, under-armed, outmanned country to break free from the British Empire.This has been explored before and to greater effect and this book seems to spend a great deal of time on the 1916 rebellion with a rather cursory (the book has only 113 pages of text)review of the actual war of independence, The author explains this by saying he didn't want to repeat what others had already covered extensively but a little more detail would have been better, or the book's title should have been revised. The appendices were probably the best part of the book (including one on Irish Songs of Rebellion, a rather unusual addendum) but the indexing is sloppy. Overall, a big disappointment, and certainly a poor choice for anyone not already well informed about that period of Irish history.
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