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2. Presenting the War in Ireland, 1914–1918

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This chapter argues that negotiated persuasion is especially relevant to the case of Ireland between 1914 and 1918. The state that declared war on 4 August 1914 was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and remained as such until Irish independence in December 1922. Ireland was part of the United Kingdom, managed by officials based in Dublin Castle, answerable to Westminster. The British authorities needed to persuade the Irish, particularly nationalists who sought independence from British rule, to remain loyal and support the war effort. As a vital source of manpower, Irish men needed to be recruited to the army. At the same time, Ireland remained a potential source of civil unrest; a thorn in the side of the authorities whose focus and resources were now turning to the Continent.

Keywords: British authorities; Dublin Castle; First World War; Great Britain; Ireland

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