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Civil War Quotes
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"Wade through Irish blood, through the blood of the soldiers of the Irish Government, and through the blood of some of the members of the Government in order to get Irish freedom"
"The people never had a right to do wrong"
"I did not see anything wrong with an IRA military dictatorship"
"Unity at home was more important than any treaty with the foreigner"
(Mellows & O'Connor's execution) "Official murder"
"Some of the more dedicated republicans regarded the Irish people with deep distrust"
"De Valera seems to have feared and resented Collin's combination of ambition and efficiency"
"Irish cravenness" & "the duplicity of the British" to blame for the terms of the AIT
The Sinn Féin movement was a "fragile coalition"
Anti-Treatyites had an "anglophobic obsession with the crown"
Argues that the split within the IRA was the single biggest cause of the Irish Civil War
"The real cause of the civil war was the split in the IRA which was separate from Sinn Féin"
"The cause was the basic conflict in nationalist doctrine between majority right and divine right"
"The Free State entered into its infancy with shattered illusions, and a combined burden of personal tragedy as well as financial and cultural loss"
"It was difficult to quantify the measure of bitterness which the treaty split had injected into the political bloodstream of the new state"
"The war occupies so pivotal a place in modern Irish history, and bequeathed so poisonous a legacy"
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