Ireland COIN 378-1

Ireland COIN 378-1 - Effect on Irish public opinion British...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Effect on Irish public opinion British government seen as Brutal Ineffective
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The transformation of the nationalist movement Less politics of gesture More concern with undermining British rule New leadership Organizers, not intellectuals Don’t exaggerate differences
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Next episode: the conscription crisis of 1918
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Why did the British introduce conscription in Ireland in 1918? German offensive Demand for more manpower But Irish opposition Equality of sacrifice Appease public in England, Scotland, Wales Enable more draconian conscription in ESW
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Conscription was not enforced in Ireland Why did they not enforce conscription? Irish resistance Not worth it The gesture had been made
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Click to edit Master subtitle style The response in Ireland Massive protests
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Yet another disaster in symbolic politics It served larger British war effort At the cost of further alienating Ireland
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Click to edit Master subtitle style World War I ends What will the British do about Ireland?
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Nothing
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Why do the British not immediately concede
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Why do the British not immediately concede Ulster Ambivalence about Home Rule First deal with disorder
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Do the British understand what is happening in Ireland? Socially structured perception
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Nationalist mobilization Home Rule promised Then suspended Easter Rising Crushed Martyrs and rebels Threat of conscription
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Sinn Fein displaces Irish Parliamentary Party Dec 1918 Election Sinn Fein 73 out of 105 seats Dail Eireann established January 1919
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Click to edit Master subtitle style For many nationalists, Home Rule is no longer sufficient
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Click to edit Master subtitle style British appear to renege on promise of Home Rule
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Sinn Fein strategy Build political party (Sinn Fein) Create a counter-state Assassination and intimidation (IRA) Demonstrate that British cannot govern Ireland
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1919: Armed resistance by IRA Soloheadbeg 21 January 1919 June 1919: RIC District Inspector assassinated
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Counterinsurgency
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Design a counterinsurgency campaign for Ireland, 1919 What is your goal? How will you achieve it?
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