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The British Culture of Paramilitary Violence in the Irish War of Independence

Anne Dolan

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0012

Series: The Greater War

The British Culture of Paramilitary Violence in the Irish War of Independence

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This chapter explores the role of paramilitarism on both sides of the Irish War of Independence. British paramilitarism, it is argued here, was shaped by the IRA's violence, by the nature of Ireland's guerrilla warfare, and by the imagined dangers as much as the real threats. It was inspired and driven by the demands of metropolitan politics and by Ireland's place in its midst; it was an answer to a domestic problem before it became a colonial phenomenon. In part, it was a consequence of victory in 1918.

Keywords: IRA; Black and Tans; war of independence; Britain; Ireland

Chapter.  8781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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