Sinn F In

Overview

Sinn Féin is one of the oldest and most controversial parties in Irish politics. This is the fascinating story of a party which has repeatedly reshaped its identity over a hundred years. From Arthur Griffith to Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin boasts a roll-call of major personalities from twentieth-century Irish history including de Valera, Markievicz, Collins, Ó Brádaigh, Goulding, MacGiolla, and McGuinness.
Brian Feeney traces Sinn Féin's zigzag path towards constitutional politics and...
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Overview

Sinn Féin is one of the oldest and most controversial parties in Irish politics. This is the fascinating story of a party which has repeatedly reshaped its identity over a hundred years. From Arthur Griffith to Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin boasts a roll-call of major personalities from twentieth-century Irish history including de Valera, Markievicz, Collins, Ó Brádaigh, Goulding, MacGiolla, and McGuinness.
Brian Feeney traces Sinn Féin's zigzag path towards constitutional politics and presents a critical analysis of the party's personalities and policies over the century. He shows how it has arrived at last in government in the north with hopes of a future role in coalition in the republic, and confidently predicting a united Ireland.

This is an important and timely book from an esteemed journalist, and an impartial analysis of Sinn Féin's involvement in Irish politics, north and south, over the last hundred years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780862787707
  • Publisher: Irish American Book Company
  • Publication date: 1/3/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He is the co-author of Lost Lives: The Stories of Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles, which won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs award in 2001 for its contribution to reconciliation in Ireland and Europe. Feeney is also head of the history department at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 'Sinn Fein must be the Motto', The Founding Years, 1900-07 18
2 Electoral Ups and Downs, Facing the Voters, 1908-17 44
3 A Different Tune, Northern Nationalism 70
4 A Nation Organised, Sinn Fein takes Power, 1918-21 90
5 Not Merely a Form of Words, Rejecting the Oath, 1923-26 125
6 Protecting the Flame, The Lean Years, 1926-62 161
7 Veering to the Left, Flirting with Marxism, 1962-70 211
8 The Years of Agitprop, Sinn Fein backs the War, 1970-81 251
9 Armalite and Ballot Box, Becoming an Electoral Force, 1981-86 292
10 'Towards a Strategy for Peace', Sinn Fein No Longer Alone 334
11 Negotiating the Roadblocks, The Pendulum Swings to Sinn Fein 383
Conclusion 429
Footnotes 443
List of Sinn Fein presidents, 1905-2002 445
A Note on Sources 446
Index 449
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