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DIFP VI and the secrets of Ireland's Second World War foreign policy

Documents in Irish Foreign Policy, Volume VI, illustrates in a unique manner the threats Ireland faced during the first years of the Second World War. It shows how Minister for External Affairs Eamon de Valera and Ireland's senior diplomats and military sought to protect Ireland''s sovereignty and independence through neutrality in a period where the threat to the state of invasion was real and ever-present.
New for DIFP VI online is a comprehensive 'who's who' of persons featuring in the volume.


The Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series has published an eBook of confidential correspondence on the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. It is free to download onto your Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad

DIFP VIII (1945-48)

Now in its 15th year, the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series continues to open up the secret archives of the Department of Foreign Affairs. DIFP VIII runs from 1945 to 1948 and shows that during the immediate post-war years Ireland redefined its global position as a result of wartime neutrality and the developing Cold War. Previously thought to be years of vacuum and general isolation, the post-war years saw Ireland engage with a wide range of multilateral organisations, open new diplomatic missions and repair relations with states, in particular the United States and Britain, which had suffered during the Second World War.

For further information and queries contact Dr Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor, DIFP†at difp@ria.ie

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives of Ireland and was established in 1997. The project publishes essential source material for anyone interested in the development of Irish foreign policy since 1919.

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