Pax Britannica: British Counterinsurgency In Northern Ireland, 1969-1982

Pax Britannica: British Counterinsurgency In Northern Ireland, 1969-1982

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British forces conducted operations short of war in Northern Ireland for twenty-five years, yet they were unable to defeat the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). In this heretofore unpublished dissertation from 1994, McFate identifies how certain cultural, legal, and political factors contributed to the longevity of violence in Northern Ireland. Viewing counterinsurgency as a self-reproducing cultural system with its own complex logic, McFate argues that limitations on violence prescribed by the counterinsurgency principle of minimum force paradoxically resulted in a very high degree of sustainability of conflict. Certain other factorsa€”such as emergency security legislation, reverence of military competence, and geo-strategic compression of violence within a cordon sanitairea€”enabled normalization and reproduction of the conflict. In opposition to this order, the 1981 Republican hungerstrikes used the silence of the body to incriminate the state, 'embodying' a resistance to the war system of counterinsurgency.113Liz Curtis, in The Propaganda War, demonstrates how media representation replaces political representation as the central ... In February, 1977, BBC Northern Ireland Controller, Richard Francis, speaking to the Royal Institute of International Affairs ... 115According to the British Army manual, Land Operations : Volume III.

Title:Pax Britannica: British Counterinsurgency In Northern Ireland, 1969-1982
Author:Montgomery McFate
Publisher:Wilberforce Codex - 2014-12-22


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