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The Origins of Division: The Republican Movement in the Twentieth Century, 1916–62

Andrew Sanders

in Inside the IRA

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652907 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641123.003.0001
The Origins of Division: The Republican Movement in the Twentieth Century, 1916–62

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From the inception of the original IRA, which fought in the Irish War of Independence between 1919 and 1921, the history of the movement has been plagued with division. While the focus of this book is the schismatic tendency of republicanism in the latter part of the twentieth century, this chapter contextualises this factionalism alongside what went before to facilitate consideration of later splits in the movement in a comparative perspective. It shows that although splits in republicanism have been relatively common, republican division has not necessarily created groups that have emulated their predecessors. It also enables identification of the common themes of republican division and traces the careers of republican actors who found themselves involved in a movement that rarely spent longer than a decade without encountering the problem of dissent and division.

Keywords: Irish independence; IRA; republicanism; dissent; republican division; factionalism

Chapter.  6953 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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