The Politics of the Irish Civil War

Paperback | November 12, 2007

byBill Kissane

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Based on extensive archival research this book situates the Irish civil war in the general process of decolonization in the twentieth century, and explains why divisions over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 proved so formative in the development of the Irish state. Each chapter is devoted to aparticular aspect of the war and many new areas are explored. These include the role the doctrine of self-determination played in the Sinn Fein movement, the fate of numerous peace initiatives, the power struggle between de Valera and Liam Lynch within the IRA, and the impact of the civil war on thewider civil society. The last three chapters explore how the conflict has been interpreted by the actors themselves, as well as by historians. Combining perspectives drawn from history and politics, this book will interest not only students of Irish history, but also those interested in thecomparative study of civil wars.

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Based on extensive archival research this book situates the Irish civil war in the general process of decolonization in the twentieth century, and explains why divisions over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 proved so formative in the development of the Irish state. Each chapter is devoted to aparticular aspect of the war and many new ar...

Bill Kissane is a Lecturer in Polititcs at the London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:November 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Decolonization and Civil War in Comparative Perspective3. The Doctrine of Self-Determination and the Treaty Split4. The Course of the Civil War5. Explaining the Intractability of the Conflict6. Civil Society under Strain: Intermediary Organizations and the Civil War7. Protective Democracy and the Establishment of the Free State8. 'Defending the Republic' and the Rise of Fianna Fail9. Historians and the Civil War10. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`Each and every one of these chapters makes a valuable and insightful contribution to the study of the war itself. The book is rigorous and challenging; the analysis is astute and demanding.'Anne Dolan, Reviews in History