The Politics of Illusion: A Political History of Sinn Féin and the IRA by Henry Patterson

The Politics of Illusion: A Political History of Sinn Féin and the IRA

byHenry Patterson

Kobo ebook | May 19, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$11.99 online 
$15.00 list price save 20%

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

This acclaimed book remains the only comprehensive study of the IRA and Sinn Fein's attempts to create a 'social republicanism', a marriage between militant nationalism and the politics of the left. From agitation amongst the peasantry in the 1920s and collaboration with the Nazis during the Second World War to the evolution of the peace process in the 21st century, Henry Patterson analyses the various attempts to marry these two fundamentally incompatible ideologies.

Friend and foe have described the IRA as 'socialists', 'Marxists', 'fascists' or simply as militaristic and murderous thugs. In this highly praised work the author steers us through the inevitably secretive history of both the Provisional and the Official IRA, Sinn Fein and their various front organisations, teasing out the real politics behind the labels.

The e-book edition contains a major new chapter examining the peace process and Sinn Fein's participation in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, and Henry Patterson concludes that, even though the IRA is no longer attempting to bomb Ulster Protestants into submission, nationalism and the politics of the left make uneasy and, when the rhetoric is cleared away, illusory bed-fellows.

Title:The Politics of Illusion: A Political History of Sinn Féin and the IRAFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:Serif BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909150193

ISBN - 13:9781909150195

Reviews