The I.R.A. and its Enemies: Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923

Paperback | November 18, 1999

byPeter Hart

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What is it like to be in the I.R.A. - or at their mercy? This fascinating study explores the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the County Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923 - the most powerful and deadly branch of the I.R.A. during one of the most turbulent periods intwentieth-century Ireland. These years saw the breakdown of the British legal system and police authority, the rise of republican violence, and the escalation of the conflict into a full-scale guerilla war, leading to a wave of riots, ambushes, lootings, and reprisal killings, with civilians forming the majority of victimsin this unacknowledged civil war. Religion may have provided the starting point for the conflict, but class prejudice, patriotism, and personal grudges all fuelled the development and continuation of widespread violence. Using an unprecedented range of sources - many of them only recently made public - Peter Hart explores themotivation behind such activity. His conclusions not only reveal a hidden episode of Ireland's troubled past but provide valuable insights into the operation of similar terrorist groups today.

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History professor Peter Hart’s fascinating study imagines what it’s like to be a member of the IRA. In Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923 he relives the real-life experiences of the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the IRA between the turbulent and violent years of 1916 and 1923. This horrifying and unauthorize...

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What is it like to be in the I.R.A. - or at their mercy? This fascinating study explores the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the County Cork I.R.A. between 1916 and 1923 - the most powerful and deadly branch of the I.R.A. during one of the most turbulent periods intwentieth-century Ireland. These years saw the breakdo...

Peter Hart is at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:November 18, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Killing of Sergeant O'DonoghuePart I: Revolution, 1916-19232. The Kilmichael Ambush3. Rebel Cork4. Dying for Ireland5. The Cork RepublicPart II: Rebels6. The Boys of Kilmichael7. Volunteers8. Youth and RebellionPart III: The Path to Revolution9. The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Party10. Volunteering11. GuerrillasPart IV: Neighbours and Enemies12. Taking it out on the Protestants13. Spies and InformersAppendix: Sources and Definitions: I.R.A. Membership and ViolenceBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

History professor Peter Hart’s fascinating study imagines what it’s like to be a member of the IRA. In Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923 he relives the real-life experiences of the lives and deaths of the enemies and victims of the IRA between the turbulent and violent years of 1916 and 1923. This horrifying and unauthorized history is the winner of the prestigious Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.

Editorial Reviews

`magnificent first book ... Combining rigorous statistical research with passionate and beautiful writing, Peter Hart has produced a superb book which deserves nothing but the highest praise.'Ben Novick, Christ Church College, Oxford University, History, Vol 84, no 275, July 1999