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Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921$
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William Murphy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569076.001.0001

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‘Every Internee was a Centre of Disaffection’

‘Every Internee was a Centre of Disaffection’

Truce to Treaty

(p.217) 10 ‘Every Internee was a Centre of Disaffection’
Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921

William Murphy

Oxford University Press

For the political prisoners, for their families, and for those charged with managing them the period between the truce and the treaty (July to August 1921) was unsettling and marked by ongoing conflict. In truth, the truce was never effectively extended to the prisons and camps. While it did facilitate the release of the political elite among the prisoners, an agitated mass remained in detention. In examining this period this chapter broaches, in turn, three major issues. First, how did the Irish public and press react to the continued detention of prisoners (internees and convicts) in the period after the truce and did the leadership of the rebellion seek to manage this reaction? Second, how did the prisoners react to their continued detention and did this affect the relationship between the prisoners and their leaders? Third, how did the various systems of incarceration cope with the truce atmosphere?

Keywords:   Truce, internees, convicts, camps, prisons, families, conflict

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