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Description - Architects of the Resurrection by R. M. Douglas

In 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719079733
ISBN-10: 071907973X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - R. M. Douglas

R. M. Douglas is Associate Professor of History at Colgate University -- .

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