The Politics of the Irish Civil War by Bill Kissane

By Bill Kissane

In accordance with large archival study he Politics of the Irish Civil battle situates the Irish civil struggle within the common means of decolonization within the 20th century, and explains why divisions over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 proved so formative within the improvement of the Irish state.Each bankruptcy is dedicated to a specific point of the conflict and plenty of new components are explored. those contain the position the doctrine of self-determination performed within the Sinn Fein circulate, the destiny of various peace tasks, the ability fight among de Valera and Liam Lynch in the IRA, and the impression of the civil conflict at the wider civil society. The final 3 chapters discover how the clash has been interpreted via the actors themselves, in addition to via historians.Combining views drawn from background and politics, this e-book will curiosity not just scholars of Irish historical past, but additionally these attracted to the comparative learn of civil wars.

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As young men moved up within the ranks during the war, the authority of the FLN declined, and by 1962 the founders of the FLN were no longer prominent in the organization. 24 In effect, the ‘total’ nature of French colonialism, which obliterated most native public institutions, left a legacy of political underdevelopment with no parallel in Ireland. 25 The counter-argument, however, may simply be that there was no basis for the emergence of a bipolar division over Evian simply because the FLN got what it wanted in 1962.

26 U. Mahajani, Philippine Nationalism: External Challenges and Filipino Response 1565–1946 (St Lucia, 1971), 121. 27 R. Constantino, A History of the Philippines: From the Spanish Colonization to the Second World War (New York and London, 1975). 22 23 20 Decolonization and Civil War Hostilities between the Filipinos and the Americans then broke out on 4 February 1899, and resistance continued for another ten years. 29 However, there are clear differences between the two cases. Firstly, in Ireland the results of the 1922 election showed a broad swathe of public opinion in favour of abandoning the politics of Ireland’s revolutionary era, so a divergence between elites and masses cannot explain the outcome.

Homan ‘Memorandum of Ambulance Work and Efforts for Peace’ (NA, D/T, S8138). 84 The result was that almost four decades of electoral dominance by the Home Rule party was ended when Sinn Fein won 69 out of 72 seats in the future area of the Irish state. 85 The fact that the push for independence coincided with democratization is clearly important, since successful secessions have generally happened a few years after the introduction of universal suffrage. Secession, as opposed to decolonization, is an extremely rare event in world politics, and requires two perceptions— confidence in the outcome of secession, and fear in the Union—to be present at the same time.

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