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  • Harry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Brendan OLeary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote in a review online at the Dublin Review of Books: Peter Harts work on the IRA, in its efforts to treat IRA actions in Cork in the war of independence as ethnic cleansing, goes significantly beyond what the evidence will bear, and, according to some, derives statements from interviews with dead people a method of inquiry not available to social scientists. Hart should stop beating around the bush and answer the criticism.

    [Note to moderator, Bew comment at http://www.drb.ie/apr08_issues/a_long_march.htm]

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Are you pro anything? It is such a conceit for an academic to pretend they are above bias. Professors are human too. Not just objective robots though they would like us all to believe they have some insight into truth. Might you be pro-sales for your book?

  • conor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    I am associated with the Aubane Historical Society, which has disputed Mr. Harts claims about the supposed sectarian nature of the Irish War of Independence. I have attended two of his public talks. Friends of mine have attended others. On one occasion a leaflet was distributed and on others pamphlets and books have been distributed. I can find no occasion where Mr. Hart has been picketed or where his meetings have been taken over by anyone. He has been treated robustly but with courtesy. I fear that his claims are a matter of bigging himself up.

    Mr. Hart gives the impression that he has no political agenda. I will accept his word on that. But others have. The revisionist lobby in Ireland has the aim of seeing the country once more under the political sway of Britain. To this end they either rewrite Irish history or try to make us ashamed of it. I believe that Mr. Hart has been shamelessly used by these people; and in particular by his former supervisor, Professor David Fitzpatrick of Trinity College Dublin, who, it seems to me, put him up to proving the sectarian nature of the IRA in the first place.

    Conor Lynch

  • Harry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Brendan OLeary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote in a review online at the Dublin Review of Books: Peter Harts work on the IRA, in its efforts to treat IRA actions in Cork in the war of independence as ethnic cleansing, goes significantly beyond what the evidence will bear, and, according to some, derives statements from interviews with dead people a method of inquiry not available to social scientists. Hart should stop beating around the bush and answer the criticism.

    [Note to moderator, Bew comment at http://www.drb.ie/apr08_issues/a_long_march.htm]

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Are you pro anything? It is such a conceit for an academic to pretend they are above bias. Professors are human too. Not just objective robots though they would like us all to believe they have some insight into truth. Might you be pro-sales for your book?

  • conor
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    I am associated with the Aubane Historical Society, which has disputed Mr. Harts claims about the supposed sectarian nature of the Irish War of Independence. I have attended two of his public talks. Friends of mine have attended others. On one occasion a leaflet was distributed and on others pamphlets and books have been distributed. I can find no occasion where Mr. Hart has been picketed or where his meetings have been taken over by anyone. He has been treated robustly but with courtesy. I fear that his claims are a matter of bigging himself up.

    Mr. Hart gives the impression that he has no political agenda. I will accept his word on that. But others have. The revisionist lobby in Ireland has the aim of seeing the country once more under the political sway of Britain. To this end they either rewrite Irish history or try to make us ashamed of it. I believe that Mr. Hart has been shamelessly used by these people; and in particular by his former supervisor, Professor David Fitzpatrick of Trinity College Dublin, who, it seems to me, put him up to proving the sectarian nature of the IRA in the first place.

    Conor Lynch