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Political Violence in Ireland

Charles Townshend

Published in print November 1984 | ISBN: 9780198200840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191674785 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200840.001.0001
Political Violence in Ireland

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This book studies a vital element of modern British history: the situation in Northern Ireland. Its aim is to provide historical illumination. More than many histories, the history provided in this book is incomplete; not just because of the incompleteness of the source material, but because of the particular framework within which it is conceived. ‘Total history’ only happens once, and not subsequently. This account is restricted to violent relationships, to the reciprocal effect of government in Ireland and resistance to it. The two concepts exist, to a great extent, in symbiosis. Resistance may be a manifestation of different cultural or political forces, but its meaning is determined by government. The book looks in detail at the concepts of ‘government’ and ‘resistance’.

Keywords: Northern Ireland; government; resistance; cultural forces; political forces; violent relationships

Book.  456 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Resisters and Rebels in Political Violence in Ireland

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Powers That Be in Political Violence in Ireland

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Land War in Political Violence in Ireland

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Pacification in Political Violence in Ireland

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Political Armies in Political Violence in Ireland

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War, Insurgency, and Emergency in Political Violence in Ireland

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Guerrilla Struggle in Political Violence in Ireland

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Civil Wars in Political Violence in Ireland

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Epilogue in Political Violence in Ireland

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