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Roger Casement in Death: Or Haunting the Free State

Or Haunting the Free State

Roger Casement, the retired British consular official tried for treason and executed for securing German rifles to help the 1916 Rising in Ireland, has been a focus of controversy since the 1930s, with specific reference to the so-called Black diaries allegedly forged by British intelligence in c.1916. Forensic tests on the diaries commissioned by a committee chaired by W.J. McCormack have now shown that the diaries were written by Casement. This work is centred on W.J. Maloney, whose 1936 book, "The Forged Casement Diaries", brought the topic to the attention of the Irish public, and was part of an Irish-American campaign to influence the domestic politics of the Irish Free State. The book raises questions about intelligence work, archival engineering, IRA unofficial action, Nazi propaganda and new light is shed on major figures such as Eamon de Valera and W.B. Yeats, as well as on a cast of colourful bit players.

256 pages


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Table of Contents

Sixteen men the English shot? the view from radical Hampstead the forged Casement diaries (1936) managing Dr Maloney ballads and blackmail the buff diary an orientalist fantasia more about Maloney second thoughts after Pearl Harbour textual corruption, or, the diaries in today’s retrospect economies of writing. Appendix 1 An amateur on forensics - dropped ’a’ in a letter by Ben S. Allen. Appendix 2 How not to do history. Appendix 3 The secondary literature. Appendix 4 Biographical register.

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