Killing for Ireland: The IRA and Armed Struggle

Killing for Ireland: The IRA and Armed Struggle

by Rogelio Alonso
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415396107

ISBN-13: 9780415396103

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The IRA is one of the oldest terrorist organizations in the world and conducted a ferociously violent campaign for almost thirty years. Now deeply enmeshed in the Northern Ireland peace process, Rogelio Alonso asks why one of the bloodiest terrorist movements of our time decide to swap weapons for the ballot box?

Based on over seventy interviews conducted with

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Overview

The IRA is one of the oldest terrorist organizations in the world and conducted a ferociously violent campaign for almost thirty years. Now deeply enmeshed in the Northern Ireland peace process, Rogelio Alonso asks why one of the bloodiest terrorist movements of our time decide to swap weapons for the ballot box?

Based on over seventy interviews conducted with former and existing members of the IRA, Alonso also provides a rigorous evaluation of the personal and political consequences of the IRA’s campaign of violence. The analysis of these interviews radically challenges the dominant academic analysis of Irish terrorism. This book includes a strong criticism of the armed struggle constructed around the discourse of those who waged it and answers the question faced by many armed revolutionary movements: ‘Was the war worth it?’

Translated from the critically acclaimed Matar por Irlanda and available in English for the first time, this is a provocative and new approach to understanding the IRA. It is essential reading for readers and researchers with an interest in Irish politics and history, terrorism and political violence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415396103
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Political Violence Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Apprenticeship 3. Defenders? 4. The Captive Mind 5. Hunger for Power 6. Losers 7. Winners 8. Conclusion: The Triumph of Failure

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