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Che in County Armagh, Mao in Monmouthshire: Irish and Welsh Nationalists' Cooptation of Non-Western Radical Thought, 1960-1980

Research presentation

New Postcolonial Concerns: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop, University of Cambridge

This presentation was a fragment (the one pertaining to Irish republicanism and Welsh radicalism) of the much larger topic of analysis which is my thesis—a study of the intellectual underpinnings and authors of separatist ideologies in Western Europe and North America in the 1960s and 1970s.


The aim here was to explore the conflicting stories Irish republicans in the IRA, and Welsh violent nationalists in the Free Wales Army (FWA) and the MAC (Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru of Movement for the Defense of Wales) told about the nature of their ideological roots in the 1960s and 1970s. It exposed the conflicting claims made by the leaders of these groups, that they were motivated by historic nationalist praxis and by modern revolutionary ideologies from overseas, and consider what these contradictory stories tell us about the aspirations of these three groups.