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    Joining the Movement: Tradition and Ideology in the IRA 1948 – 1962


    Browne, David (2013) Joining the Movement: Tradition and Ideology in the IRA 1948 – 1962. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Abstract

    With the ending of the Civil War in 1923 and the defeat of the Anti-Treaty Forces, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), over the next the next twenty five years, remained on the periphery of Irish political life. This period also saw a steady decline in membership, while the organization struggled to define its relevance in wider society. The years between 1948 and 1962 saw the re-emergence of a new generation of young people who joined the organization. In 1956 it embarked on a military campaign in Northern Ireland that ended in failure in 1962. The objective of the campaign was to end partition and create a thirty-two county unified state in Ireland. Sinn Féin became the political front for the IRA and both organizations, which are regularly referred to as the republican movement within this thesis, attracted a renewed level of support and membership. This thesis examines the role that tradition and ideology played in the re-growth of the movement during the 1950s.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Keywords: Joining the Movement; Tradition; Ideology; IRA; 1948 – 1962;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > History
    Item ID: 10359
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 12:30
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