The Politics of the Irish Civil War

OUP Oxford, 25 août 2005 - 264 pages
Based on extensive archival research this book situates the Irish civil war in the general process of decolonization in the twentieth century, and explains why divisions over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 proved so formative in the development of the Irish state. Each chapter is devoted to a particular aspect of the war and many new areas are explored. These include the role the doctrine of self-determination played in the Sinn Fein movement, the fate of numerous peace initiatives,the power struggle between de Valera and Liam Lynch within the IRA, and the impact of the civil war on the wider civil society. The last three chapters explore how the conflict has been interpreted by the actors themselves, as well as by historians. Combining perspectives drawn from history andpolitics, this book will interest not only students of Irish history, but also those interested in the comparative study of civil wars.

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This book demolishes a lot of the prevalent myths about the Civil War, in particular the one that de Valera started it. Anyone who has read some works of Coogan should read this. The main issue I have with the book is the small font size likely to be an issue with some readers. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

1 Introduction
2 Decolonization and Civil War in Comparative Perspective
3 The Doctrine of Selfdetermination and the Treaty Split
4 The Course of the Civil War
5 Explaining the Intractability of the Conflict
Intermediary Organizations and the Civil War
7 Protective Democracy and the Establishment of the Free State
8 Defending the Republic and the Rise of Fianna Fail
9 Historians and the Civil War
10 Conclusion
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Bill Kissane is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Government, London School of Economics.

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