Title:The Blueshirts. First Canadian Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1971, ISBN:0802017878 1971
ISBN Number: 0802017878 / 9780802017871
Seller ID: 78683
MANNING, Maurice. The Blueshirts. (Toronto) : University of Toronto Press, (1971). First Canadian Edition. Pp. (5),vi-xi,(1),-276 + 8 pages of b&w photos. Illustrated. 8vo, light blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.
Maurice.Manning (b. June 14, 1943, Bagenelstown (aka Muine Bheag), County Carlow).
"The Blueshirt movement was one of the most turbulent and controversial episodes of modern Irish politics. Significantly, the Blueshirts suddenly became promienent early in the 1930s, but this is a perood in Irish history about which virtually nothing has been written to date.
The author describes the political situation in Ireland in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and how William Cosgrave's government was defeated in the election of 1932 by Eamon de Valera and the Fianna Fáil party. He goes on to examine the controversial question of whether or not a coup d'état was planned against the new government and discusses in detail Fianna Fáil's first year in power: its wide-ranging but contentious legislation, the beginning of the Economic War with Britain and the growing violence throughout the country between supporters and opponents of the new administration.
Against this background the Blueshirts emerged - at a time when shirted movements were making their appearance all over Europe. The book describes the rapid development of the Blueshirts throughout the country, their tempestuous leader, General O'Duffy, and his influence with De Valera's opponents, the numerous attempts by the government to outlaw the movement and jail its leaders, the escalating violence between Blueshirts and I.RA supporters, the shootings and cattle seizures, and the state of virtual civil war in the country during 1933-34. It traces the dramatic resignations from the Blueshirt organisation which followed, and the inner struggle for power which led to the disintegration of the movement and finally to O'Duffy's ill-starred participation on the Nationalist side in the Spanish civil war.
The book explores the heated question of whether or not the Blueshirts represented a fascist front and attempts to locate the movement in the general perspective of European politics in the inter-war years." - from the jacket.
Part I. 1. Setting the Scene: The 1920s; 2. A New Government and a New Association; 3. The Blue Shirt Appears; 4. General O'Duffy Takes Over; 5. The National Guard; 6. Fine Gael under O'Duffy; 7. The League of Youth and the Uniforms Bill; 8. The Local Elections and After; 9. The Split; 10. Division and Confusion; 11. The Final Disintegration; 12. Spain;
Part II. 13. The Political Ideas of Blueshirtism; 14. The Blueshirts and Fascism; 15. Postscript.
With bilbliography, end-notes and index.
Very good in clean, crisp, unclipped dustjacket. 50.00