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Smashing H-BlockThe Rise and Fall of the Popular Campaign against Criminalization, 1976–1982$
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F. Stuart Ross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317439

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317194

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Conclusion: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things1

Conclusion: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things1

(p.174) Conclusion: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things1
Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the Irish republican struggle against the British government's criminalisation policy from 1976 to 1982. It discusses the accomplishments of the anti-criminalisation campaign and particularly the National H-Block/Armagh Committee, which acknowledged its failure to mount and lead an effective campaign. It criticises Irish republicanism's preference for self-sacrifice martyrdom over the building of a mass movement and suggests that this was a mistake based on a misreading of history and on a misunderstanding of how one affects real political and social change.

Keywords:   criminalisation policy, Irish republicanism, British government, National H-Block/Armagh Committee, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, mass movement, political change, social change

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