In these essays by historians on aspects of republicanism in Ireland (north and south) from the early 20th century to the present, a number of central themes emerge. During the course of the 20th century, republican organizations have been repeatedly faced by similar arguments, rhetoric and choices. Should they participate in political institutions which are seen to be illegitimate? Should physical force be used? Splits, schism and rivalry emerge as a significant dynamic of the political culture. Republican organizations are also shown to be ideologically incoherent, opportunist and flexible, and the struggle to claim political ownership of the republican tradition is shown to be very important. Another continuing theme is the progressive language of republicanism although in practice republican politics and activities are often intolerant.
Republicans and democracy in modern Irish politics, R.V Comerford
paramilitary politics and the Irish revolution, Peter Hart
"The Irregular and Bolshie situation" - republicanism and communism, 1921-36, Donal Drisceoil
"Too damned tolerant" - republicans and imperialism in the Irish Free State, 1922-37, Fearghal McGarry
IRA veterans and land division in independent Ireland, 1932-48, Terence Dooley
British intelligence, the republican movement and the IRA's German links, 1935-45, Eunan O'Halpin
an army of our Fenian dead - republicanism, monuments and commemoration
a nation once again - towards an epistemology of the republican imaginaire, Eugene O'Brien
the rhetoric of republican legitimacy, Brian Hanley
provisional republicanism - internal politics, inequities and modes of repression, Anthony McIntyre.
"Most of the contributors avoid the easy parallels and the simple definitions and point up both the problems and potentially fruitful areas for further research and discussion."
Fortnight Feb 2004
"This collection indicates movement - subtle and otherwise - in historical approaches to Irish republicanism ... McGarry, with UCD Press, has produced a stimulating volume."
Irish Times August 2004