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Level 7

7AAH3003 The Provisional IRA

Credit value: 20
Module convenor/tutor (2018/19): Dr Conor Morrissey
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Avaialbility: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module will offer a comprehensive overview of the Provisional IRA’s campaign between the eruption of communal violence in Northern Ireland in August 1969 and the final decommissioning of weapons in 2005. It covers the origins of the Provisional IRA; the evolving strategy of the organisation, including the bombing of the British ‘mainland’; the impact of British counter-insurgency operations; the prison conflict that culminated in the Hunger Strikes of 1981; the rise of Sinn Féin and the peace process of the 1990s. At the centre of the subject is the relationship between the Provisionals and the communities in which they lived. The module seeks to encourage students to consider IRA violence using comparative and interdisciplinary literature, drawing upon the work of anthropologists and sociologists as well as historians and scholars working on terrorism. The approach will involve the use of primary sources where possible.

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