Dr Elaine Callinan of Carlow College, St Patrick’s, has just published her new book ‘Electioneering and Propaganda in Ireland, 1917–21’. Elaine is also an active member of CHAS and a regular contributor to Carloviana.

Elaine’s book provides an illuminating and unique analysis of the political rivalry between all the major parties during Ireland’s revolutionary years. Politicians, propagandists and their voluntary supporters instigated forceful election campaigns to promote ideologies and influence the minds of ordinary people. The goal was a victory at the ballot box during the by-elections, general elections and local government elections of this era.

Elaine places her study within the wider contexts of the modernisation of propaganda during the Great War and the expansion of consumerism to conduct an examination of election activity – from candidate selection and fundraising to door-to-door canvassing, and everything in between. Running alongside war and revolution were the political struggles, and they equalled any of the military upheavals that transformed politics in Ireland.

‘Electioneering and Propaganda in Ireland, 1917–21’ is available at €45 in local outlets and at www.fourcourtspress.ie.

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