The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Féin Party, 1916-1923

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Between 1916 and 1923 Ireland experienced a political as well as a military revolution. This book examines how—after the Easter Rising of 1916—radical revolutionaries formed a precarious coalition with (relatively) moderate politicians. The new Sinn Féin party routed its enemies, cooperated uneasily with the underground Irish government, and achieved most of its objectives before disintegrating in 1922. Its rapid collapse should not distract from its achievements—in particular its role in "democratizing" the ...

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Overview

Between 1916 and 1923 Ireland experienced a political as well as a military revolution. This book examines how—after the Easter Rising of 1916—radical revolutionaries formed a precarious coalition with (relatively) moderate politicians. The new Sinn Féin party routed its enemies, cooperated uneasily with the underground Irish government, and achieved most of its objectives before disintegrating in 1922. Its rapid collapse should not distract from its achievements—in particular its role in "democratizing" the Irish revolution—while its successors since have dominated the political life of independent Ireland.

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"This formidable work of scholarship takes its subject to a new level. It is an instant classic." Journal of Modern History

"This important addition to the literature of the Irish revolution belongs in all college libraries." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521672672
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Laffan is a member of the School of History at University College, Dublin. His previous publications include The Partition of Ireland, 1911–1925 (1983) and, as editor, The Burden of German History 1919–1945 (1988).

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Table of Contents

Prologue. Before the Easter Rising: 1. Irish nationalists: politicians and rebels; The Irish Revolution: 2. 1916: rebellion and hibernation; 3. 1917: organisation and converts; 4. 1918: reverses and victory; 5. The party: structures and members; 6. Policy: beliefs and attitudes; 7. 1919–21: war and repression; 8. 1919–21: ministers and bureaucrats; 9. 1921–2: the treaty and the split; 10. 1922–3: the Pact election and the civil war; Epilogue: After the Civil War; 11. Irish republicans: fundamentalists and compromisers; Sources.

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