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Religious motivation during the troubles

Finnegan, P. (2016) Religious motivation during the troubles. St Antony's International Review, 12 (1). pp. 53-75. ISSN 1746-451X

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Abstract/Summary

The question of the extent of religious motivation for the Troubles (1969-1998) has existed for as long as the conflict itself. Many participants as well as external commentators have offered various opinions. This piece attempts to contribute to this debate by introducing previously unused theories to explain the situation, namely military cohesion. This article also argues that attempts to understand the conflict through any single viewpoint, be it religious, political, or ethnic, is futile. Instead these three viewpoints need to be combined in order to fully understand the conflict. This article argues that a combination of ethnic mobilisation, territory sacralisation, and republican martyrdom provide a means through which a political conflict between two religiously defined ethnicities can be understood in relation to present day conflicts.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:72669
Publisher:St Antony's College

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