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Out of the Ashes An Oral History of the Provisional Irish Republican Movement - Book
Out of the Ashes An Oral History of the Provisional Irish Republican Movement - Book
 
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Out of the Ashes is the definitive history of the Provisional Irish Republican
movement, from its formation at the outset of the modern 'Troubles' up to and
after their official disarmament in 2005. Robert White, a prolific observer of
the IRA and Sinn Fein's activities, has amassed an incomparable body of
interview material from leading members of the organisation over a thirty-year
period. In this defining study, the interviewees' perspectives provide
extraordinary insights, not only into the inner workings of the paramilitary
group, but also the complex motivations that provoked their violent actions,
their eventual reform, and the mind-set of 'dissidents' who refused to lay down
their arms. Those interviewed stem from every stage of the Provisionals'
history, from founding figures such as Seán Mac Stiofáin, Ruari Ó
Brádaigh and Joe Cahill to the new generation who replaced them: Danny
Morrison, Martin McGuinness, Marian Price, and Brendan Hughes, amongst others.
Their oral perspectives provide completely unique insights into key moments
within the movement's history, highlighting the real motives behind the violence
that caused worldwide consternation. Out of the Ashes is a pioneering history
that breaks new ground in defining how the Provisional Republican groups
operated and survived from within their own ranks, and how they continued to act
under international pressures to disband. [Subject: Irish Studies, Northern
Ireland, Military History, History, Oral History]

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