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The Origins and Rise of Dissident Irish Republicanism: The Role and Impact of Organizational Splits (New Directions in Terrorism Studies) Hardcover – 13 Feb 2014
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As Ireland, North and South, traverses its 'decade of centenaries' John F Morrison's study of dissident republicanism is particularly timely. Based on an extensive set of interviews with leaders and rank and file republicans it is the both analytically impressive and historically aware. It demonstrates how splits within republicanism have been essential to its ultimate embracing of peaceful methods whilst not eradicating its continuing potential for violence. --Henry Patterson, Professor of Politics at the University of Ulster, Ireland
A welcome addition to a growing number of studies of political violence that explore the organizational dynamics of undergrounds. This authoritative analysis of factionalism within the Irish Republican movement shows how divisive questions of identity can be. The author presents a compelling account of how the long-term politicization of republicanism both caused and depended on the internal process of splintering into the dissident factions that threaten the peace today. --Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, USA
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John F. Morrison is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London, UK.
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During WWII, Germany invaded and took control of France. The French fought back. During WWII Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The Americans fought back. During WWII England was bombed by Germany. The English fought back. These are just a few recent examples of people defending their homelands. Does Mr Morrison refer to the French, Americans and English as terrorist?
The English have a seemingly ingrained imperialistic belief and stance that they have every right to take possession of any country and claim it as their colony/possession all in the name of expanding the UK domain. And when the populaces stand up for themselves, they are brutally quashed and referred to as terrorists.
Possibly Mr Morrison is aware of this British imperialistic oppression and still considers Irish bravery and resolve as terrorism, so be it. Mr Morrison’s inability to complete a paragraph without referring to Irish Republicans as terrorists has sullied what I imagine is a well-researched and well written analysis of dissents groups. Speaking of which, this book is an analysis of the splits and fractures in the Republican movement which resulted in the formation of dissident groups. It is not an analysis of the strategies and tactics of the IRA. There is nothing wrong with Mr Morrison stating his opinion of the IRA and its actions. State your opinion and then move on to the research and purpose of your work.
I had previously read “Legions of the Rear Guard, Dissident Irish Republicanism” Martyn Frampton, Irish Academic Press, 2011. A great book which I highly recommend. See my review of this book on Amazon. Unfortunately, due to his fixation I cannot recommend Mr Morrison’s book.