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Name: Envoi: Taking Leave Of Roy Foster

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Author: Clifford, Brendan & Herlihy, Julianne

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 28 0

Contents: Roy Foster is an Oxford-based overlord of Irish academia. He is not the first revisionist, nor the most thorough, but the most flamboyant. He is the figurehead of a modern tendency which has been busily 'deconstructing' Irish history. The aim is to undermine pride in the achievement of national independence, to denigrate those who devoted themselves to that end and, indeed, to depopulate the historical landscape of Ireland. Correspondingly, the crimes of the conquest are relativised.

But in this book it is Foster's Irish Story which is itself 'deconstructed' by the Aubane Historical Society. His erudite references—to such matters as A.M. Sullivan's Story Of Ireland, Lady Ferguson, Gellner's Ruritania, Catholic Emancipation, Christian Brothers' education, national amnesia, De Certeau, etc.—are subjected to scrutiny by Brendan Clifford. They are found to be inapt, unhistorical—and even infantile.

Foster's sub-title to The Irish Story is Telling Tales And Making It Up In Ireland, meaning that received Irish history is unreliable. Unfortunately the Oxford History Professor undermines his own thesis by retailing a piece of hearsay about the Aubane Historical Society in his book, passing this gossip off as history!

In Part Two of the book, Selling The Product, Julianne Herlihy looks at how the media plays its part in the revisionist project by promoting Foster's work with publicity of every kind. In place of critical appreciation there has been adulation. Clearly the object is to attempt to create a readership for his work approaching that for the reminiscences of Gerry Adams, Frank McCourt, and Alice Taylor—all targets of Foster's vituperation.

David Alvey deals with Foster's influence on the Schools History Syllabus.

Brian Murphy osb shows how Foster has carried forward research errors by his three main academic sources in regard to interpretations of the national movement.

There is plenty of food for thought in this stimulating and thought-provoking book.

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Read the preface by Julianne Herlihy here

Errata: p9, last line of 2nd paragraph: title should read, No Man's Man

p36, quotation, para 2: line 6, 'guilty' should read 'gently'; line 7, 'mere' should read 'more'; line 8, 'then' should read 'than'

p40, para 3: 'in Millstreet' should read 'in Kanturk and Millstreet

p83, quotation, last line of para 1: 'strongly' should read 'strangely'

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Name: Evidence To The Parnell Commission (Duhallow)

Subtitle: A Local Conflict In The Land War

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2000

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Contents: This takes us to the Royal Courts of Justice in London to see Jeremiah Hegarty and Canon Griffin and the local Member of Parliament, Dr. Tanner, give their evidence to a Special Commission set up to indict Parnell and the Land League where they are cross-examined by Michael Davitt and others. It gives an indication of the passions and events of one episode in the Land League period around the Millstreet area that made national news and made the place a bye word for the dramatic events of the time.

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Name: Faith And Fatherland

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Author: Buckley, Fr. Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1991

ISBN: 1 872078 02 8

Contents: The Irish News, The Catholic Hierarchy And The Management Of Dissidents. 100 pp.

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Name: Farm Labourers: Irish Struggle, 1900-1976

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Author: Bradley, Dan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1988

ISBN: 0 85034 038 1

Contents: A pioneering study in the conflict of farmers and farm labourers in Southern Ireland since the time of the Land League. 131 pp.

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Name: Fíon Gearmánach

Subtitle: Wine Of Germany

Author: O'Donnchadha, Tadgh

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 095 0

Contents: Classical German poems are translated into Irish, and appear here in three languages on facing pages. An introduction by Brendan Clifford reviews the desolation in Irish culture consequent on the loss of the organic link with German culture which resulted from the anti-German propaganda of the Great War. 52 pp.

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Name: Freemasonry And The United Irishmen

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 052 7

Contents: Reprints from the Northern Star, 1792-93. With an introduction, on Freemasonry in Ireland, by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet

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Name: From Cologne To Ballinlough

Subtitle: A German and Irish boyhood in World War II and post war years, 1946 - 49

Author: Remmel, Herbert

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Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

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Contents: This refreshingly unusual book is mainly about rural Ireland in the 1940s and it is full of fun, enjoyment, insights and sheer delight in everything about that society. It describes everything that the current literary establishment refuses to admit existed in that place at that time. But this author has no axe to grind, no agenda to follow.

Herbert Remmel's objectivity derives from the fact that he was an outsider who found himself in the middle of the society and writes atraightforwardly about what he experienced and the impressions made on him, and writes with great talent for vividly painting a variety of people and situations in a few sentences.

Herbert Remmel was one of the German children who was brought to Ireland after World War II by the Red Cross. His book begins with wartime life in Cologne and there is a graphic description of War and everyday life in a suburb of Cologne and further afield as experienced by a small child, his family and neighbours.

The rest of his book is a child's eye view of Ireland as he found it just after the War, and as such is a joy to read and a welcome release from current dogmas about the awfulness of life in rural Ireland then and since. It makes one want to invite more Germans here to spend some time and write about us because to paraphrase Kipling they would hopefully, like Herbert Remmel, come to know the real Ireland so well because they more than Ireland know.

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Name: Henry Montgomery's Letter To Daniel O'Connell

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 1 874157 00 6

Contents: "A Belfast Magazine", Vol. 4, No. 1, June 1991. Pamphlet

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Name: Hitler's English Inspirers

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Author: Sarkisyanz, Manuel

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Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 086 1

Contents: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party did not come out of a vacuum—nor were they the only—evil—excrescences of a recalcitrant Germany/Austria. The Nazi leader is rightly reviled for his anti-Semitism, expansionism and genocide. But he did not originate these aberrations of Statecraft—neither the theory of them nor the practice. All had been features of the English family of nations—a family in which Hitler as a Teuton demanded a place. An ambition which very nearly succeeded under Neville Chamberlain. England did not become the major Superpower of the era by application of sweet reason. America existed by extermination of the Red Indians, Canada of the Innuit, Australia by the then ongoing destruction of the Aborigines; New Zealand ousted the Maoris—and the new colonisation project in Palestine was authorised by Britain just as Hitler was becoming receptive to geopolitical ideas. What Hitler planned to do in the western reaches of Russia was not different in kind from any of these: they all justified themselves by Social Darwinism. As the Ministerial English Liberal, Sir Charles Dilke, claimed: "the Anglo-Saxon is the only extirpating race on earth. Up to the commencement of the now inevitable destruction of the Red Indians?, of the Maoris and of the [aboriginal] Australians, no numerous race has ever been blotted out by an invader". Professor Sarkisyanz in this erudite and well-referenced work shows how Hitler, a convinced Anglophile, believed that Germany could be brought out of the Versailles slough of despond by emulating British methods of rule, of leadership training and of social conformity, to become an ally of the British Empire around the world. But that meant he had, amongst other things, to teach his Germans to replicate the mindset of his mentors. This book shows from Nazi sources how they—and their ideological forbears—were influenced by writers such as Carlyle (who proposed forced labour for Caribbean negroes and the regimentation of labour), Disraeli (a convinced racist), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (a race theorist who directly inspired Hitler's anti-Semitic genocide and was related to the British Establishment Chamberlains) and a host of others. Carthill—the senior British functionary in India, who extolled the efficacy of 'administrative massacre' to suppress revolt—helped to stimulate Nazi brutality. While Hitler certainly surpassed his inspirers, his action continued a well-charted direction. His downfall came because, having learned how to act from the British example, he did not know—unlike his mentors—when to stop.

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Name: How German East Africa Was Founded

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Author: Peters, Carl

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 085034 096 9

Contents: Carl Peters, an Anglophile German with connections to the British establishment, describes how he established African colonies in the British manner by setting up a joint stock company. This method was necessitated by Bismarck's opposition to the venture. Peters' naive account is revealing of how Empires are built in practice. Angela Clifford's introduction supplies a European context for Germany's Imperial ambitions in the late nineteenth century. Translated by Philip O'Connor. 72 pp (A4)

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