Vol 27 No 2 (2007)
Articles

From Gunmen to Statesmen: The Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein (1916-48)

How to Cite
White, R. (1). From Gunmen to Statesmen: The Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein (1916-48). Journal of Conflict Studies, 27(2). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JCS/article/view/10542

Abstract

Many terrorist groups, it would seem, cause great turmoil but no lasting impact. This might include radical student groups of the 1960s and terrorist organizations of the 1970s. Yet, we know that in some instances political violence, or revolution, does lead to great social change. Consider Cuba as an example. This might suggest that terrorists and revolutionaries face a zero-sum game: total failure or total victory. There is a middle ground, however. The PLO, as an example, has not achieved an independent Palestine, but who in the 1970s would have imagined a Palestinian Authority led by Yasir Arafat. This case study of the Irish Republican Army and it political wing, Sinn Féin, examines this middle ground in Ireland in the 1916-1948 time period.