The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914-1916 (Review)

The Potato Mystic

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New book out on the great Irish patriot and martyr Roger Casement.

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Casement Diary
Angus Mitchell (ed.), One Bold Deed of Open Treason: The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914-1916 (Merrion Press, 2016, 280 pp, €17.50 PB, €45.00 HB).

Roger Casement’s time in Imperial Germany between 1914 and 1916 raises a number of interesting questions about Casement the man, and his place in Irish history. What were his motivations? How does his time in Germany fit into a broader narrative of the Easter Rising and how does it relate to attempts by other nationalists to seek assistance outside of Ireland?

Angus Mitchell’s fascinating edited collection of Casement’s diaries from his period in Germany does much to create a greater understanding of the man and his legacy, and is a welcome addition to the historiography on the Rising. Mitchell is one of the world’s leading authorities on Casement, previously publishing a biography of Casement and edited collections of his South American journals. Mitchell is also known for continuing to doubt the authenticity of Casement’s so called ‘Black diaries’.

Casement is different from the other 1916 leaders for a variety of reasons – his Ulster protestant background, his connections to the British establishment, his being more widely travelled and, perhaps most notably, his vehement opposition to the Rising itself.

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Anglophile

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Another interesting book?
Early Roger Casement / Fintan Warfield types?? Hand in hand Homos?? :p

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Very good book that!

Casement was never really happy in Germany as he could never get the Germans to take an attempt on Ireland seriously enough.

The practical difficulties of getting an Expeditionary Force to Ireland were against any realistic prospect of helping to trigger a Rising here.

He became totally disillusioned with the way he was treated in Germany by many of the Germans he came into contact with.

He felt being dispatched back to Ireland and landed on the coast of Kerry would be sending him to his Doom....

And he was right enough there!

Curiously enough the author Angus Mitchell is I believe the son of the semi notorious CO of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 'Mad Mitch' when they were in Aden in 1967.

 

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From a British military family Casement worked as a high ranking civil servant for His Majesty’s govt for 20 years.
After Britain declared war on Germany , Casement worked with the Germans to subvert the British war effort.

Thats high treason in any normal mans language..
 
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The Field Marshal

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The British convicted Casement of high treason by aiding the Kings German enemies during wartime.
He was British citizen , former civil servant and son of a military officer.

There is no doubt whatsoever but that Casement was 100% guilty of these crimes.

Some Irish people seem to think he was innocent and that’s not rational.
 

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The British convicted Casement of high treason by aiding the Kings German enemies during wartime.
He was British citizen , former civil servant and son of a military officer.

There is no doubt whatsoever but that Casement was 100% guilty of these crimes.

Some Irish people seem to think he was innocent and that’s not rational.
All the 1916 leaders, Volunteers, and ICA were guilty of the same crime as they were all British subjects.
 

The Potato Mystic

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There is no doubt but that given his background and history Casement was guilty of betraying his country.
At the time the penalty for such high treason especially during a major war was death.
The British court had no alternative given the definite evidence.
Casement was a hero that stood against the terrorist regime that was the "British Empire". That British regime is just a embroidered banking oligarchy. I don't really care what "courts" in Britain did or did not have to do. Those tyrants murdered a fine man.
 

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Casement was a hero that stood against the terrorist regime that was the "British Empire". That British regime is just a embroidered banking oligarchy. I don't really care what "courts" in Britain did or did not have to do. Those tyrants murdered a fine man.
Dont be ridiculous.
Casement committed high treason during wartime against the government of Britain.
He was tried fairly and found guilty and there is no doubt whatsoever about his guilt given his treasonous conduct with the German govt.

Those are the facts.

if you want to complain about the defects of the British Empire thats another story altogether but Casement was very happy and delighted to serve and benefit from that empire working hard for it for 20 years and going so far as to accept a knighthood from his majesty.

He then turns and stabs them in the back when he finds another cause.
How is that heroic?
 
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SeektheFairLand

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Dont be ridiculous.
Casement committed high treason during wartime against the government of Britain.
He was tried fairly and found guilty and there is no doubt whatsoever about his guilt given his treasonous conduct with the German govt.

Those are the facts.

if you want to complain about the defects of the British Empire thats another story altogether but Casement was very happy and delighted to serve and benefit from that empire working hard for it for 20 years and going so far as to accept a knighthood from his majesty.

He then turns and stabs them in the back when he finds another cause.
How is that heroic?
How is having aborted baby juice coursing through your veins Catholic?
 

The Potato Mystic

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Dont be ridiculous.
Casement committed high treason during wartime against the government of Britain.
He was tried fairly and found guilty and there is no doubt whatsoever about his guilt given his treasonous conduct with the German govt.

Those are the facts.

if you want to complain about the defects of the British Empire thats another story altogether but Casement was very happy and delighted to serve and benefit from that empire working hard for it for 20 years and going so far as to accept a knighthood from his majesty.

He then turns and stabs them in the back when he finds another cause.
How is that heroic?
It's impossible to commit "high treason" against a tyranny that should be overthrown. Those are the facts. For a so-called Catholic there's alot of guff with you defending monstrous protestant regimes, personalities and yes, even eugenics multinational companies. You are possibly the most unCatholic fellow on here bar perhaps one or two.

Casement went through life acquiring knowledge and new perspectives and evolved his position accordingly. It's not really that difficult to understand. But if you are rigid dogmatist that clings to wrongheaded positions out of spiteful pride, then I guess Casement developing his views will amaze you.
 
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