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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

6 - The Sharp Sickle: New Realities of Sovereignty in the British Empire, 1918–1926


The final chapter runs through and beyond the Armistice and into the 1920s, showing how the war, for many British subjects, did not end in 1918. The chapter emphasizes the anti-conscription movement in Ireland and the subsequent Irish war of independence. It explores how republican ideas like those in Ireland tried to solve the same crises of security that had plagued the empire. It finishes by discussing the Chanak Crisis of 1922, in which colonial pressure helped forestall a potential British war in Turkey, an important milestone marking shifts in the empire’s military and political hierarchy.