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Irish Perspectives on the Vietnam War

McNamara, Robert (2007) Irish Perspectives on the Vietnam War. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 14 (-1). p. 75. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3318/ISIA.2003.14.1.75

DOI: doi:10.3318/ISIA.2003.14.1.75


The conservative and cautious nature of Irish foreign policy today has its roots in the 1960s. The Fianna Fáil governments of Seán Lemass and Jack Lynch removed whatever idealistic and radical elements Irish foreign policy had had in the late 1950s in favour of European integration and a pro-American foreign policy. This change was most evident in Irish policy towards the Vietnam War. Using archival material, recently released by the Irish government, and press reports, this paper assesses Irish policy and attitudes towards that conflict. It concludes that Ireland's policy was much more like that of loyalist NATO members, such as West Germany and the UK, than like that of neutral countries, such as Sweden.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:19890
Deposited By: Dr Robert McNamara
Deposited On:07 Sep 2011 12:20
Last Modified:07 Sep 2011 12:20

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