71 The British Empire, the Middle East and Ireland

On this episode of the Irish History Show, we looked at the Middle East and the Brtish Empire in the period after the First World War.  We discussed how the British Empire dealt with their new mandates in the region and how their dealings with these countries compared and contrasted with their treatment of Ireland during Ireland’s War of Independence. 

We looked at issues such as the use of military forces to suppress rebellions, political initiatives, reprisals, attitudes towards sovereignty and the evolution of colonialism.  We also look at British regiments and officers who ended up in Ireland after being involved in actions in the Middle East.

Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

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  1. The point about the greater propensity for more extreme state violence in what we could I suppose call the more conventional colonial countries is an important one, likewise the role of the likes of the Labour Commission to Ireland 1921.

    Worth mentioning is all the Irishmen out there keeping the British Empire up and running.

    C.1920 the Royal Irish Rifles and Royal Irish Fusiliers were in what is now Iraq and Iran, the Royal Munster Fusiliers in Egypt and Sudan, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Constantinople or Istanbul as it is now known as. The military governor of Batumi, the second biggest city in what is now Georgia, just over the border from Turkey, was a Corkman, Sir Henry McMahon – one of the central British diplomatic figures involved in the Arab revolt (the earlier one, against the Ottoman Empire) – was a Derryman. A young British officer from county Down died leading a Garwali unit, on the Afghan frontier, he is memorialised in his former school in Dundalk.

    I am sure there were more.

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