Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Laurence McCaffrey


Ireland from the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 to the end of the Irish civil war in 1923 will always remain a subject of absorbing interest, as well as a constant source of controversy for the historians of that country. The Anglo-Irish Treaty and its aftermath split the loyalty of Irish nationalists and provided the basis for a genuine problem of interpretation among its historians. Any interpreter's investigation of an historiographical nature rests ultimately upon a clear understanding of those facts which form the basis of conflict between historians. It is also necessary to consider possible factors which may prejudice the judgment of a historian and color his work with a particular bias. Thus, just as the actual participants of the Treaty period espoused a particular position, so do certain of the historians of that event.