Roger casement, john amery and the real meaning of treason.
8vo. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. xix + [i] + 300 pp. Bound in original blue cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. Browning of edges, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 16 pages of black and white photographic plates. Parallel studies of the lives and careers of the only two British citizens to be executed for the ancient crime of high treason in the twentieth century. Roger Casement (1864-1916), born to an Anglo-Irish family in Dublin, had a distinguished career as a diplomat in the consular service, including the Congo and Peru, where he witnessed colonial atrocities against indigenous peoples and came to oppose imperialism. After becoming an Irish republican nationalist, he moved to Germany from New York at the start of the War, recruiting British prisoners of Irish origin and seeking German military aid for the Easter Rising. He was captured after landing in Ireland from a German Submarine. John Amery (1912-45) was the eldest son of politician, Leo Amery. As a fervent anti-Communist, he became a fascist in the 1930s, living in France, but also working for the Spanish Nationalists during the Civil War. He remained in France after the outbreak of War and after moving to Germany in 1942, made propaganda broadcasts and became involved, in unsuccessfully recruiting for the British Free Corps from British prisoners. He ended the War in Italy as a supporter of Mussolini's Salo Republic. Captured by partisans he was later handed over to the British. He pleaded guilty to high treason at his trial.
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