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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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Guerrilla Struggle

Guerrilla Struggle

(p.322) 7 Guerrilla Struggle
Political Violence in Ireland

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the guerrilla struggle and the end of constitutionalism in the political violence in Ireland during the early 1900s. It suggests that the failure of home rule involved irreparable damage to constitutionalism as a method and to the very idea of constitutionalism modelled on the British way of politics. The guerrilla struggle started after Lord French went to Ireland to prepare for the enforcement of conscription and implemented the policy of mass arrests.

Keywords:   political violence, Ireland, constitutionalism, guerrilla struggle, home rule, Lord French, conscription, mass arrest

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