The Irish War of Independence and Civil War edited by John Gibney and published by Pen and Sword Books £14.99 – Softback – 160 Pages

This book is part of the Irish Perspectives Series, where they take a look at particular Irish issues from the past by collecting together a number of opinion pieces written by historical experts. The book is divided up into separate chapters covering each event, so we have Who Were the Black and Tans?, Bloody Sunday 1920: the military inquiry, the War of Independence in the Northern Counties to name just a few. This is an excellent book I suppose because I’m not that well informed on things in certain parts of Irish history, that I am through reading books like this, learning a lot. I’ve always found Irish history a bit confusing as things seem so polarised, but having read most of this series, I’m up on the subject now and some of the confusion has been unravelled.

This book and the rest of the series is so well written and the authors chosen well that credit must go to John Gibney for the editing. I would recommend this book to others especially those at university level I would imagine that they would be a good help for studies in Irish history.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.