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Political Violence in IrelandGovernment and Resistance since 1848$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200840.001.0001

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Political Armies

Political Armies

(p.235) 5 Political Armies
Political Violence in Ireland

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of constitutionalism and nationalism in the political violence in Ireland during the 19th century. From the Irish point of view, the defeat of the Conservative Party against the Liberal Party was a vindication of the Nationalist Party's adhesion to the liberals. However, after five years of no action in the direction of Irish self-government from the Liberal government, Irish nationalists started to consider this inaction as conclusive demonstration of the futility of constitutional politics.

Keywords:   political violence, Ireland, constitutionalism, nationalism, Liberal Party, Irish self-government, constitutional politics

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