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'An Alien Ideology': Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left

John Mulqueen


This book focuses on the strand of the Irish republican left which followed the ‘alien ideology’ of Soviet-inspired Marxism. Moscow-led communism had few adherents in Ireland, but Irish and British officials were concerned about the possibility that communists could infiltrate the republican movement, the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Another concern arose for British and American observers from 1969: would the Soviets resist the temptation to meddle during the Northern Ireland Troubles and cause trouble for Britain as a geo-political crisis unfolded? The book considers questions arising from t ... More

Keywords: ‘alien ideology’, Moscow, Communism, IRA, Troubles, ‘Irish Cuba’, WP, Cold War, Soviets, NATO

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620641
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Mulqueen, author