The Black and Tans: A New Evaluation
Sevald, William Michael
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A book by Richard Bennett entitled The Black and Tans was published in 1959. In spite of the title, Bennett's work was not an in-depth study of a very controversial body of men, but rather was a chronological history of the Irish Revolution between 1919 and the Summer of 1921. A. J. P. Taylor, in the bibliography of his English History 1914-1945, stated that Bennett did not give a very adequate account of his subject, an opinion to which I concur. A study of the Black and Tans must come to grips with the following six questions: 1) Who were the Black and Tans? 2) What was the condition of the force they joined? 3) How were they trained? 4) To what were they subjected? 5) How did they react? 6) Where lied the responsibility for their actions? This thesis, in attempting to answer these questions, is not intended to be a chronological history of the guerilla war years of the Irish Revolution, nor is it intended to be a comprehensive study of the British position concerning the Irish troubles. The intention of this study is to confront the reader with the complexity of the Black and Tan historical problem and to give the reader as much pertinent information as is possible on this controversial subject.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.