Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri Na HaiseIrghe and the Fascist `New Order' in IrelandBy: R. M. Douglas (author)Hardback
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DescriptionIn 1942 Gearoid O Cuinneagain, a young pro-Axis activist, founded Ailtiri na hAiseirghe ("Architects of the Resurrection"), a fascist movement that aimed to destroy the infant Irish democracy and replace it with a one-party totalitarian state. But Ailtiri na hAiseirghe was no Nazi imitator. Rather, it aimed at something far more ambitious: the fusion of totalitarianism and Christianity that would make Ireland a "missionary-ideological state" wielding global influence in the postwar era. Supported by idealistic youths and mainstream politicians like Ernest Blythe, Oliver J. Flanagan and Dan Breen-and scrutinised anxiously by British and American intelligence-Aiseirghe won several seats in the 1945 local government elections. Architects of the Resurrection casts an uncomfortable light on the popularity of anti-democratic, anti-Semitic and extremist ideas in wartime Ireland. Students of Irish history and of comparative fascism will find many new insights in this book. -- .
About AuthorR. M. Douglas is Associate Professor of History at Colgate University -- .
ContentsList of plates and maps Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Anti-democratic influences in Ireland, 1919-1939 2. 'New' and 'newer' orders 3. The ideology of Aiseirghe 4. The green totalitarian band 5. Democratic deficit 6. Autumn of discontent 7. The 'Cunningham Circus' Conclusion Bibliography Index -- .
- publication date: 08/06/2009
- ISBN13: 9780719079733
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 336
- ID: 9780719079733
- ISBN10: 071907973X
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