The I.R.A. at War 1916-1923

Paperback | March 3, 2005

byPeter Hart

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Between 1916 and 1923, Ireland experienced rebellion and mass mobilization, guerrilla and civil war, partition and ethnic conflict, and the transfer of power from British to Irish governments. The essays in The I.R.A. at War propose a new history of this Irish revolution: one that encompassesthe whole of the island as well as Britain, all of the violence and its consequences, and the entire period from the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War. When did the revolution start and when did it end? Why was it so violent and why were some areas so much worse than others? Why did theI.R.A. mount a terror campaign in England and Scotland but refuse to assassinate British politicians? Where did it get its guns? Was it democratic? What kind of people became guerrillas? What kind of people did they kill? Were Protestants ethnically cleansed from southern Ireland? Did a pogrom takeplace against Belfast Catholics? These and other questions are addressed using extensive new data on those involved and their actions, including the first complete figures for victims of the revolution. These events have never been numbered among the world's great revolutions, but in fact Irish republicans were global pioneers. Long before Mao or Tito, Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army were the first to use a popular political front to build a parallel underground state coupled withsophisticated guerrilla and international propaganda and fund-raising campaigns. Ireland's is also perhaps the best documented revolution in modern history, so that almost any question can be answered, from who joined the I.R.A. to who ordered the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson. The intimacy andprecision with which we are able to reconstruct and analyse what happened make this a key site for understanding not just Irish, but world history.

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Between 1916 and 1923, Ireland experienced rebellion and mass mobilization, guerrilla and civil war, partition and ethnic conflict, and the transfer of power from British to Irish governments. The essays in The I.R.A. at War propose a new history of this Irish revolution: one that encompassesthe whole of the island as well as Britain, ...

Peter Hart is Canada Research Chair of Irish Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:March 3, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Structure of Revolution1. A New Revolutionary History2. The Geography of Revolution in Ireland3. The Dynamics of ViolencePart II. Guerrillas at Home4. Paramilitary Politics in Ireland5. The Social Structure of the I.R.A.Part III. Guerrillas Abroad6. Operations Abroad: The I.R.A. in Britain7. The Thompson Submachine Gun in Ireland Revisited8. Michael Collins and the Assassination of Sir Henry WilsonPart IV: Minorities at Bay9. The Protestant Experience of Revolution in Southern Ireland10. Ethnic Conflict and Minority ResponsesIndex

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"Peter Hart has produced a study which, for exploitation of sources and for disciplined and multifaceted analysis, stands comparison with Charles Townshend's The British Campaign in Ireland 1919-1921 (1975) ... he has set a standard of forensic documentary research which other historians, whether those preparing local studies of the Irish revolution, or those rushing to the defence of the good name of Cork Republicanism, may conceivably emulate but will surely not surpass."--Eunan O'Halpin, Times Literary Supplement "Hart's diligence and his (almost obsessive) interest in detail has resulted in an impressive collection of statistics and data, shedding light on, for example, the geographical centers of the Irish revolution and the social structure of Irish Republican Army (IRA) members. In doing so, Hart manages not only to add new facts and material to the body of scholarly knowledge from which future researchers will benefit, but he also succeeds in debunking some of the popular myths that other historians have taken for granted."--American Historical Review "Hart writes with sensitivity, sociological insight and, when necessary, controlled passion ... An instant classic."--Roy Foster, Spectator "Irish historians have written extensively about the "Troubles" of 1916-23, but few have done so as masterfully or with as much originality as Hart. ... an illuminating, often gripping account that students of modern history, politics, and sociology will find immensely useful."--Choice