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Frontiers of ViolenceConflict and Identity in Ulster and Upper Silesia 1918-1922$
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Timothy Wilson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583713

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583713.001.0001

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Irish/Polish Nationalism and Violence

Irish/Polish Nationalism and Violence

(p.118) 3 Irish/Polish Nationalism and Violence
Frontiers of Violence

T. K. Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the involvement of Irish and Polish nationalists in violence. It first considers how far political developments and internal communal divisions can be held to account for the nature and intensity of their violence. In Ulster, relations between the constitutional nationalists of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) and Republicans are re-evaluated. The mutual tension of their relationship is not downplayed, but it is argued that the participation of both wings in communal defence has been unduly ignored. Over all, a stark contrast is highlighted between the two case studies: that Polish nationalists in Upper Silesia practised acts of grotesque violence far more frequently than did their Irish nationalist counterparts in Ulster. The very ambiguity of identity in Upper Silesia helped determine the more extreme types of violence practised there.

Keywords:   Ulster, Northern Ireland, Upper Silesia, Irish nationalism, Polish nationalism, Republican, IPP, Irish Parliamentary Party, atrocity, rape

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