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Remembering the RevolutionDissent, Culture, and Nationalism in the Irish Free State$
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Frances Flanagan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739159.001.0001

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Clean Minded Separatists and the Mob

Clean Minded Separatists and the Mob

P.S. O’Hegarty and the Ambiguous Victory of Sinn Fein

(p.82) 3 Clean Minded Separatists and the Mob
Remembering the Revolution

Frances Flanagan

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 tells the story of P.S. O’Hegarty’s life and his complex and contradictory reflections on the Irish revolution, most notably through his 1924 book, The Victory of Sinn Fein. In contrast to existing interpretations of O’Hegarty as a utilitarian or a pacifist, this chapter frames O’Hegarty’s critique of the revolution as a consequence of his working-class Christian Brothers background in Cork, his activist life in Irish Separatist circles in London, and his long-standing interest in European history, literature, philosophy, and science. A polyglot and omnivorous reader, O’Hegarty’s angle for viewing the revolution—both future and past—was always wide and multivalent. Although a staunch separatist, his preoccupations in interpreting the revolution were in many ways thoroughly European. Like his continental counterparts, O’Hegarty was an intellectual grappling with the meaning and role of nationalism in a world convulsed by democracy, socialism, technology, world war, and modernity.

Keywords:   Cork, Gaelic League, London civil service, Arthur Griffith, Bulmer Hobson, socialism, secularism, militarism, Wilsonian nationalism, Bureau of Military History

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