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In the Shadow of HistorySinn Féin 1926-70$
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Agnès Maillot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084898

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084898.001.0001

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Pragmatism versus principles, 1923–32

Pragmatism versus principles, 1923–32

(p.12) 1 Pragmatism versus principles, 1923–32
In the Shadow of History

Agnès Maillot

Manchester University Press

The Sinn Féin party that was born after the civil war was soon torn by internal divisions, which led to the 1926 split and the departure of de Valera. The end of the decade was thus characterised by the rapid decline of the party, being outstaged by the newly formed Fianna Fáil. Although it was kept under close surveillance by the Free State authorities, Sinn Féin became progressively estranged from all Republican organisations and operated in a political vacuum. In spite of its claim to the heir of the Revolutionary period, it progressively disintegrated and was practically extinct by 1932.

Keywords:   De Valera, Split, Abstentionism, Isolation, Subversion, Emergency legislation, Free State, Socialism

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