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Through the words and actions of a few key male leaders who determined national policies for British and American Allied Powers and for neutral Ireland during the Second World War, this book explores what happens when sentiments of fraternal friendship and enmity were politicized and when distinctions between individual self-identities, masculine ideologies, and national identities and allegiances dissolved during the global conflict. Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Eamon de Valera constructed national identities and narratives that helped to shape the collective emotional, patriotic, and gendered experiences of the Second World War among their nations’ people, as well as their nations’ foreign policies, defining and redefining the Anglo-Irish, Anglo-American, and Irish-American state-to-state special relationships. This chapter introduces the history of those special relationships through the early twentieth century, and the theoretical concepts of political friendships, constructions of national identity, and hegemonic masculinity, and outlines the plan of the book.

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Friends and enemies

The Allies and neutral Ireland in the Second World War


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