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Vying For Victory

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ISBN: 9781910820704
Author: Elaine Callinan
Format: Paperback

After 11 arduous months, on 24 May 1923, the guns fell silent, and the Irish Civil War finally came to an end. Twelve weeks later, all adults aged 21 or over - regardless of social status or gender - cast their vote in the State's first general election. The 1923 General Election marks the true beginning of modern Irish democracy.

Born in blood, the new Irish Free state was set on course to become a remarkably stable democracy in the late 1920s and early 1930s, in stark contrast to the rise of dictatorships across Europe.

Vying for Victory unifies writings by leading scholars on various aspects of the 1923 election. It offers fresh and thought-provoking insights rooted deeply in original archival research. The Cumann na nGaedheal Party's 'safety first' election campaign; the importance of the election for Éamon de Valera; the perspectives of the Labour and Farmers' Parties; the propaganda and electioneering tactics deployed by the various parties, and newspaper coverage of the election, amongst many other areas, are all richly explored.

Vying for Victory offers a deeply researched, original, and fascinating analysis of the very first democratic step of a free Irish nation. It will be a valuable resource to Irish history enthusiasts, as well as students and scholars of Irish history.

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