Architects of the Resurrection : Ailtiri Na HaiseIrghe and the Fascist `New Order' in Ireland Paperback / softback
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. -- .
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations, black & white|Maps
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 08/06/2009
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780719079986
- Hardback from £61.69