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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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Introduction: Everyone Has a Part to Play1

Introduction: Everyone Has a Part to Play1

(p.1) Introduction: Everyone Has a Part to Play1
Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of volume which is the Irish republican struggle against criminalisation from 1976 to 1982, which culminated in the historic hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981. This volume aims to redress this historical imbalance by telling the story of the anti-H-Block movement and challenges traditional republican notions regarding the power of self-sacrifice. It also describes the prison protests at Prison Maze launched against criminalisation and considers the case of hunger strike leader Bobby Sands.

Keywords:   criminalisation, Irish republicans, hunger strikes, anti-H-block movement, self-sacrifice, Prison Maze, prison protests, Bobby Sands

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