Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri Na Haiserghe and the Fascist 'New Order' in Ireland, 1942-1958
by R M Douglas (9780719079733)

Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri Na Haiserghe and the Fascist 'New Order' in Ireland, 1942-1958
 
R M Douglas
Release Date: 15 May 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
Category: Ireland
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719079733
ISBN-10: 071907973X



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 scrutinized 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.

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