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The I.R.A. and Its Enemies


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Table of Contents

1: Introduction: The Killing of Sergeant O'Donoghue
Part I: Revolution, 1916-1923
2: The Kilmichael Ambush
3: Rebel Cork
4: Dying for Ireland
5: The Cork Republic
Part II: Rebels
6: The Boys of Kilmichael
7: Volunteers
8: Youth and Rebellion
Part III: The Path to Revolution
9: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Party
10: Volunteering
11: Guerrillas
Part IV: Neighbours and Enemies
12: Taking it out on the Protestants
13: Spies and Informers
Appendix: Sources and Definitions: I.R.A. Membership and Violence

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Winner of the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for 1998


Irish historians have written extensively about the "Troubles" of 1916-23, but few have done so as masterfully or with as much originality as Hart ... an illuminating, often gripping account that students of modern history, politics, and sociology will find immensely useful. Choice Hart writes with sensitivity, sociological insight and, when necessary, controlled passion ... An instant classic. Roy Foster, Spectator Peter Hart has produced a study which, for exploitation of sources and for disciplined and multifaceted analysis, stands comparison with Charles Townshend's The British Campaign in Ireland 1919-1921 (1975) ... he has set a standard of forensic documentary research which other historians, whether those preparing local studies of the Irish revolution, or those rushing to the defence of the good name of Cork Republicanism, may conceivably emulate but will surely not surpass. Eunan O'Halpin, Times Literary Supplement Winner of the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for 1998 Hart has written a book worthy of the widest readership among those interested not only in the history of armed revolution but in the history of collective and individual violence in troubled times. Crime, History & Societies Hart's book contributes immensely to our understanding of the generation of civil war through a methodology that deserves replication in studies of violence in other areas of social life. The historical sensitivity of his account is captured in his depiction of the background culture in which this violence developed. Crime, History & Societies Hart's study is a model of reconstruction of the forces on both sides, the events, the resources, the strategies, the toll and the destruction ... the richest dimension of the book lies in its excavation of mentalities and perceptions of those who became able to kill in the cause of independence, and of their victims. Crime, History & Societies Outstanding excavation of the ground-level struggles of a war of independence ... Only an assiduous historian like Hart can document so persuasively the extent of misinformation, anxiety, fear that pervades civil conflict and renders it murderous. Crime, History & Societies Brilliant book. Paul Bew, Spectator A superb, multi-layered history of the "intimate war" of this dark, iconic period in Cork ... a vivid deeply affecting book. Mic Moroney, The Irish Times

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