Irish/Polish Nationalism and Violence

T. K. Wilson

in Frontiers of Violence

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583713
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723056 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Irish/Polish Nationalism and Violence

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This chapter examines the involvement of Irish and Polish nationalists in violence. It first considers how far political developments and internal communal divisions can be held to account for the nature and intensity of their violence. In Ulster, relations between the constitutional nationalists of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) and Republicans are re-evaluated. The mutual tension of their relationship is not downplayed, but it is argued that the participation of both wings in communal defence has been unduly ignored. Over all, a stark contrast is highlighted between the two case studies: that Polish nationalists in Upper Silesia practised acts of grotesque violence far more frequently than did their Irish nationalist counterparts in Ulster. The very ambiguity of identity in Upper Silesia helped determine the more extreme types of violence practised there.

Keywords: Ulster; Northern Ireland; Upper Silesia; Irish nationalism; Polish nationalism; Republican; IPP; Irish Parliamentary Party; atrocity; rape

Chapter.  18646 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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