Sinn Fein: A Hundred Turbulent Years (History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora Series)

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    Sinn Féin ("ourselves alone") is one of the most controversial political movements in Ireland. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the rise and fall—and rise again—of a party that repeatedly has reshaped its identity over the course of a hundred years, moving from dual monarchy to dual strategy—the gun and the ballot box.
    From Arthur Griffith to Gerry Adams, this is a roll-call of major personalities from Irish and British history and politics, ...

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Overview

    Sinn Féin ("ourselves alone") is one of the most controversial political movements in Ireland. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the rise and fall—and rise again—of a party that repeatedly has reshaped its identity over the course of a hundred years, moving from dual monarchy to dual strategy—the gun and the ballot box.
    From Arthur Griffith to Gerry Adams, this is a roll-call of major personalities from Irish and British history and politics, including Eamon de Valera, Countess Constance Markievicz, David Lloyd George, Michael Collins, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Cathal Goulding, Tomás MacGiolla, Margaret Thatcher, and Martin McGuinness.
    Now at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sinn Féin seems poised to play a pivotal role in the Irish political arena, north and south, well into the future. Its place in history is still being written.

Copublished with the O’Brien Press, Dublin.
The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America and the Philippines.

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"An easy read, a popular history which glitters with insight and valuably illuminates the present. . . . [Feeney] has laid out a mass of fact, quote, reminiscence and deft observation in a work which, among its other qualities, includes the best and most level-headed account of the Provos in the Peace Process yet to emerge."—Eamonn McCann, Sunday Tribune, Ireland

"Brian Feeney’s book fills a gap in the extensive market on books about Ireland north and south. . . . Well worth a read."—Dr. Mo Mowlam, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

 "An analytical and narrative masterpiece. . . . Brian Feeney has managed to recount the roller-coaster history of Sinn Féin in a balanced and extremely vivid manner."—Declan Kiberd, University College, Dublin

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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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