Irish Hunger Strikes and the Cult of Self-Sacrifice

  title={Irish Hunger Strikes and the Cult of Self-Sacrifice},
  author={George Sweeney},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={421 - 437}
  • George Sweeney
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • Political Science, Economics, History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Hunger striking as a means of obtaining social or economic redress, or as a method of political confrontation has a plotted, yet discernible, history in Ireland. While the phenomenon is not peculiar to Irish politics, the country did witness one of the largest hunger strike protests of the twentieth century. In October 1923, more than 8000 political prisoners, opposed to the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, went on hunger strike'. Two prisoners died before the protest was called to a halt. 
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