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‘Tough, Violent and Virtually Ungovernable’: Lessons from History—Northern Nationalists in the Irish Republic 1969–75

  • Brian Hanley
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Abstract

Hanley’s chapter examines the reaction in the Republic to the outbreak of the conflict in 1969 and examples of widespread sympathy with nationalists between that year and 1972. He writes of a ‘symptom of spreading infection … a new form of intolerance in Ireland, between Southern and Northern Catholics.’ The chapter looks at the experience of those who came south as refugees and the growing perception that many northerners, in the words of Conor Cruise O’Brien, are ‘tough, violent and virtually ungovernable.’

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Hanley
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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