Available for the first time in paperback, with a new preface which brings the study up to date with recent events, this book continues to be essential reading for those who wish to untangle the complex issues and motives behind IRA violence.
Introduction - developing a strategic approach to the Irish republican movement -- 1. The Irish republican military mind - the evolution of a strategic tradition -- 2. Transitions in Irish republican strategy - the development of the military instrument from the Easter rising to the civil war -- 3. Political control versus the autonomous military instrument - Irish republican strategy from the civil war to the 1970s -- 4. The military ascendancy - the Provisional IRA on the offensive, 1970-1972 -- 5. The erosion of Provisional IRA strategy, 1972-1977 -- 6. The evolution of PIRA's total strategy, 1977-1983 -- 7. A continuing military enigma - the contradictory dynamics of the total strategy, 1983-1990 -- 8. Ending the isolation? Ending the violence?
Published: 8th May 1997