Fighting for Ireland?: The Military Strategy of the Irish Republican Movement

Fighting for Ireland?: The Military Strategy of the Irish Republican Movement

by M.L.R. Smith, M. L. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 041516334X

ISBN-13: 9780415163347

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Fighting for Ireland? is the first in-depth account of the evolution of Irish Republican strategy. It is highly topical in the light of the faltering peace process and the growing speculation over the IRA's next move: further violence or a new non-violent strategy? This new, updated paperback edition is essential reading for those who wish to disentangle

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Fighting for Ireland? is the first in-depth account of the evolution of Irish Republican strategy. It is highly topical in the light of the faltering peace process and the growing speculation over the IRA's next move: further violence or a new non-violent strategy? This new, updated paperback edition is essential reading for those who wish to disentangle the complex issues and motives behind IRA violence.
M.L.R. Smith challenges many assumptions about the IRA, pinpointing the organisation's successes as well as its missed opportunities. He demonstrates the tension the movement has experienced between ideology and strategic reality regarding the use of force, illustrating how doctrinal purity has sometimes hampered the IRA in the pursuit of its goals. Contrary to the Irish Republican movement's vigorous and assertive public face Smith uncovers an organisation characterised more by a sense of chronic insecurity than by certainty and continuity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415163347
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction - developing a strategic approach to the Irish republican movement1
1The Irish republican military mind - the evolution of a strategic tradition6
2Transitions in Irish republican strategy - the development of the military instrument from the Easter rising to the civil war30
3Political control versus the autonomous military instrument - Irish republican strategy from the civil war to the 1970s56
4The military ascendancy - the Provisional IRA on the offensive, 1970-197291
5The erosion of Provisional IRA strategy, 1972-1977117
6The evolution of PIRA's total strategy, 1977-1983143
7A continuing military enigma - the contradictory dynamics of the total strategy, 1983-1990169
8Ending the isolation? Ending the violence?195
Conclusion219
Notes228
Bibliography254
Index259

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