The Secret Army: The Ira

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 702 pages
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This is the definitive work on the Irish Republican Army. It is an absorbing account of a movement which has had a profound effect on the shaping of the modern Irish state. This book is the culmination of twenty-five years of work and tens of thousands of hours of interviews.
 

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Contents

The Rising The Republic Proclaimed The Army Committed AprilSeptember 1916
4
The Tan War The IRA Triumphant September 1916July 1921
17
The Irregular Years Schism Terror and Despair June 1921August 1923
30
The Legion of the Rearguard The Response to Defeat May 1923August 1927
41
The IRA Goes to Ground Perseverance on the Road to the Republic September 1927February 1932
74
De Valera in Power The Devil We Dont Know March 1932June 1936
100
De Valera Preempts the Stage The IRA without Direction June 1936March 1938
131
The English Campaign Bombs for Britain April 1938September 1939
146
The Gun on the Shelf The IRA in the Doldrums March 1962July 1969
338
The North Explodes and the Army Divides
356
The Rise of the Provos 19701972
374
The Bloody Watershed 19721974
394
A War of Attrition 19741979
420
The First Decade The Nature of the Long War 19791980
450
Unconventional Conflict The Hunger Strikes January 1980October 3 1981
480
The Protracted Struggle September 1981January 1984
515

The Momentum Ebbs Conspiracy Coercion and Desperate Men September 1939April 1941
169
Turmoil at the Centre The Stephen Hayes Affair April 1941September 1941
200
The Edge of Chaos Twilight of the Gunmen October 1941December 1944
216
The IRA Endures The Agonizing Reconstruction 19451951
240
The IRA on the Move The Great Arms Raids 19511954
256
The Campaign The Buildup 19541956
273
The Campaign The IRA on the Offensive December 1956July 1957
290
The Campaign The IRA on the Defensive August 1957March 1962
311
War Politics and the Split January 1984December 1986
549
The Troubles as Institution 19871990
580
The Armed Struggle Transformed 19911996 The End Game
619
Sources
664
Addenda 1979
681
Addenda 1996
683
Index
685
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