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To Rise Again, Revising The Republic

Theo Dorgan
p. 135-147


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If we situate the Irish struggle for independence, and the eventual emergence of the Irish Republic, in a lineage of Republics achieved by revolution, we think naturally of the French and American republics as predecessors. Unless we examine the matter carefully, it is fatally easy to consider that the Irish Republic, like its antecedents, was the outcome of a successful revolutionary process. This is to risk glossing over the not inconsiderable difficulty that Ireland, to my way of thinking, never experienced a revolution. The four essential components of revolution are these: a developed revolutionary thesis that proposes a new politics, a leadership cadre capable of leading and developing the pre-revolutionary politics, a military element capable of defeating the incumbent power should that prove necessary, and finally a significant degree of popular assent to the revolutionary project once the bid for power has finally been launched.

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Bibliographical reference

Theo Dorgan, « To Rise Again, Revising The Republic », Études irlandaises, 41-2 | 2016, 135-147.

Electronic reference

Theo Dorgan, « To Rise Again, Revising The Republic », Études irlandaises [Online], 41-2 | 2016, Online since 30 November 2018, connection on 21 January 2018. URL :

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