Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745330747 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745330754 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament

Tommy McKearney

The Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament

Tommy McKearney

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745330747 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745330754 Published June 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This book analyses the underlying reasons behind the formation of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), its development, where this current in Irish republicanism is at present and its prospects for the future.

Tommy McKearney, a former IRA member who was part of the 1980 hunger strike, challenges the misconception that the Provisional IRA was only, or even wholly, about ending partition and uniting Ireland. He argues that while these objectives were always the core and headline demands of the organisation, opposition to the old Northern Ireland state was a major dynamic for the IRA’s armed campaign. As he explores the makeup and strategy of the IRA he is not uncritical, examining alternative options available to the movement at different periods, arguing that its inability to develop a clear socialist programme has limited its effectiveness and reach.

This authoritative and engaging history provides a fascinating insight into the workings and dynamics of a modern resistance movement.

Contents

Preface
Introduction: From Orange State to Sectarian State
1 Police Batons Answer Demand for Civil Rights
2 Unionist Determination to Deny Democracy
3 The Violent Storms of August ’69
4 Widespread Conflict Looms
5 An Emerging Force
6 Training People for Insurrection?
7 Attempting to Quell the Insurgency by Bloodshed and Blandishment
8 Republicanism in Ireland and its Relationship to Class
9 Political and Military Strategy of the Provisional IRA
10 The War in England
11 Britain’s Response
12 Reviewing Strategy in the Mid-1970s
13 The Gradual Adoption of Parliamentarianism
14 Options and Opportunities
15 The Road Less Travelled: The Left Alternative
16 Parliamentary Sinn Fein, Surrender and Re-grant
17 From Armalites to Populist Conformity
18 General Election Upset in South
19 The End of a journey
20 A New Republic and a Relevant Republicanism
Notes
Index

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