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The Resurrection of Ireland : The Sinn Fein Party, 1916-1923 - Michael Laffan

The Resurrection of Ireland

The Sinn Fein Party, 1916-1923

Hardcover Published: 28th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521650731
Number Of Pages: 532

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Between 1916 and 1923 Ireland experienced a political as well as a military revolution. This book examines how, after the Easter Rising of 1916, radical revolutionaries formed a precarious coalition with (relatively) moderate politicians, offering a sustained analysis of the political organisation of Irish republicanism during a crucial period. The new Sinn Fein party routed its enemies, co-operated uneasily with the underground Irish government which it had helped to create, and achieved most of its objectives before disintegrating in 1922. Its rapid collapse should not distract from its achievements - in particular its role in 'democratising' the Irish revolution. Its successors have dominated the political life of independent Ireland. The book studies in some detail the party's membership and ideology, and also its often tense relationship with the Irish Republican Army. A final chapter examines the fluctuating careers of the later Sinn Fein parties throughout the rest of the twentieth century.

'Laffan's history ... is the product of massive and particular scholarship. It is elegantly written and clearly constructed ... No student or enthusiast on the subject can in future ignore Laffan's work.' Michael Hopkinson, History '[Laffan] demonstrates mastery of archival materials along with a crisp writing style ... Laffan here has established his place amongst the front ranks of Irish political historians.' Sean Farrell Moran, Irish Literary Supplement 'The Resurrection of Ireland is a valuable study of a genuinely under-explored and fascinating area ... Laffan has consulted a vast range of sources, and it is difficult to see his work being replaced as the standard text on the Sinn Fein party.' Senia Paseta, Irish Historical Studies '... a magisterial work, based on an exhaustive reading of the primary and secondary sources, written in clear prose and enlivened with touches of humour ... a rich and satisfying book.' D. George Boyce, English Historical Review 'Dr Michael Laffan's new book, The Resurrection of Ireland, should be read by all Republicans of a critical or analytical mind.' D. R. O'Connor Lysaght, Irish Republican Writers' Group '... accomplished and polished ... Laffan handles a wide variety of sources with skill and sound judgement.' David Fitzpatrick, History Ireland 'This book is a scrupulously fair and balanced account of Sinn Fein's rise and fall and deserves to become one of the key standard works on the period.' Stephen Collins, Sunday Tribune 'A scholarly but very readable book.' Irish Times

List of illustrations
List of figures and tables
Note on the text
List of abbreviations
Prologue: before the Easter Rising
Irish nationalists: politicians and rebelsp. 3
The Irish Revolution, 1916-1923
Rebellion and hibernation, 1916p. 43
Organizers and converts, 1917p. 77
Reverses and victory, 1918p. 122
The party: structures and membersp. 169
Policy: beliefs and attitudesp. 214
War and repression, 1919-1921p. 266
Ministers and bureaucrats, 1919-1921p. 304
The treaty and the split, 1921-1922p. 346
The Pact election and the Civil War, 1922-1923p. 386
Epilogue: After the Civil War
Irish republicans: fundamentalists and compromisersp. 433
Select bibliographyp. 466
Indexp. 491
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ISBN: 9780521650731
ISBN-10: 0521650739
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 28th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95