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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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War, Insurgency, and Emergency

War, Insurgency, and Emergency

(p.277) 6 War, Insurgency, and Emergency
Political Violence in Ireland

Charles Townshend

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This chapter examines the role of World War I and insurgency in the political violence in Ireland. It suggests that the impact of the war would have produced decisive changes in Ireland whether or not the Easter Rising occurred. The threat of conscription mobilized Irish opinion on political issues and the war resolved the ambiguity of the Irish National Party's position. These events led to an increase in Irish resistance to the central government and to the emergence of Irish insurgency.

Keywords:   political violence, Ireland, World War I, insurgency, conscription, Irish National Party, Easter Rising

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