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Author De Wiel, Jérôme aan, 1966- author.

Title Ireland's helping hand to Europe : combatting hunger from Normandy to Tirana, 1945-1950 / Jérôme aan de Wiel
Published Budapest, Hungary : Central European University Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Summary "Post-war Marshall Plan aid to Europe and indeed Ireland is well documented, but practically nothing is known about simultaneous Irish aid to Europe. This book provides a full record of the aid - mainly food but also clothes, blankets, medicines, etc. - that Ireland donated to continental Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Hungary, the Balkans, Italy, and zones of occupied Germany. Starting with Ireland's neutral wartime record, often wrongly presented as pro-German when Ireland in fact unofficially favoured the western Allies, Jerome aan de Wiel explains why Éamon de Valera's government sent humanitarian aid to the devastated continent. His book analyses the logistics of collection and distribution of supplies sent abroad as far as the Greek islands. Despite some alleged Cold-War hijacking of Irish relief - and this humanitarianism was not above the politics of that East-West confrontation - it became mostly a story of hope, generosity and European Christian solidarity. Rich archival records from Ireland and the European beneficiary countries, as well as contemporary local and national newspapers across Europe, allow the author to measure and describe not only the official but also the popular response to Irish relief schemes. This work is illustrated with contemporary photographs and some key graphs and tables that show the extent of the aid programme"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital cover page (viewed on September 28, 2021)
Subject Food relief -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century
Humanitarian assistance -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century
Food relief.
HISTORY / Europe / General
Humanitarian assistance.
International economic relations.
Europe -- Foreign economic relations -- Ireland
Ireland -- Foreign economic relations -- Europe
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021023530
ISBN 9633864100