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The Black and Tans


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Preface Maps List of abbreviations Note to the reader Introduction 1: The Two-Headed Ass: Coalition policy and Coalition Policing in Ireland 2: 'The Dark Hours are Dreaded': The War of Independence in West Galway 3: Constabulary in Khaki: The Black and Tans 4: Dr. Tudor's Beast Folk: The Auxiliary Division 5: One-Sided War: Police and Auxiliaries in Combat 6: 'Come Out, Sinn Fein!' Analysing Police Reprisals 7: The Devil's Work: Explaining Police Reprisals Conclusion Bibliography Index

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D. M. Leeson received his PhD in History from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2003.


`Review from previous edition While the Black and Tans served for less than two years, their disastrous deployment has lived long in Irish cultural memory. Through dispassionate research and fastidiously marshalled sources, D. M. Leeson undermines many enduring misapprehensions that still surround this most controversial of police forces.' Peter Geoghegan, Times Literary Supplement `A fresh, often exciting narrative that convinces the reader that there has indeed been a distortion in the general image of the men in these two forces...The Black and Tans will repay close reading by anyone interested in those savage years of the Irish War of Independence, when trust was hard to come by and brotherhood a flexible term for many involved in the horrors. Leeson has convincingly questioned a great deal of received opinion, and probed the way it was received in the first place.' Stephen Wade, Times Higher Education `...lifts the lid on a discreditable episode of recent British history and paves the way for future research.' Nigel Jones, History Today

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