Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


The exchange of the preceeding communications set off a politico-military crisis that has become known to students of British history as the "Curragh Incident." In a very limited sense, the Curragh Incident--the refusal of a group of cavalry officers stationed in Ireland to accept orders from the War Office--began and ended during one tension-filled week in March, 1914. In a larger sense, the causes of the incident were rooted in the controversy over Home Rule for Ireland going back to the 1880's and its effects carried on well into the period of World War I. The purpose of this paper is to identify the causes and effects of the Curragh Incident and to seek an historical lesson from the political and personal interactions surrounding the incident. The role f the miltary establishment as the servant of public policy in a liberal political regime will be a subject of speical interest.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1974 Edward R. Cummins

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