Ireland and Partition

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Ireland and Partition

Contexts and Consequences

Clemson University Press


September 15th, 2021

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Ireland and Partition: Contexts and Consequences brings together multiple perspectives on this key and timely theme in Irish history, from the international dimension to its impact on social and economic questions, alongside fresh perspectives on the changing political positions adopted by Irish nationalists, Ulster Unionists, and British Conservatives. It examines the gestation of partition through to its implementation in 1921 as well as the many consequences that followed. The chapters, written by experts based in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the United States, include new scholars alongside contributions from authorities in their fields. Together, they consider partition from a variety of often overlooked angles, from its local impact on the ground through to its place in the post-1918 international order and diplomatic relations, its implications for political violence and security policy, and its consequences for sport and economics, through to its capacity to divide both nationalism and unionism from within. This book places the current questions about the future of partition, resulting from ‘Brexit’ and the centenary of partition 2021, in a fuller perspective. It is relevant to those with an interest in Irish History and Irish Studies, as well as British History, European History and Peace Studies.

Author Information

N.C. Fleming is Professor of Modern History, University of Worcester, UK. He is the author of The Marquess of Londonderry: Aristocracy, Power and Politics in Britain and Ireland (2005) and Britannia’s Zealots, Volume I: Tradition, Empire and the Forging of the Conservative Right (2019). He is co-editor of The Longman Handbook of Modern Irish History (2005), Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations since 1800: Critical Essays (2008), Charles Stewart Parnell and His Times: A Bibliography (2011), and Histories, Memories and Representations of being Young in the First World War (2020). James H. Murphy is Professor of English, Boston College, USA. He is the author of Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922 (1997), Abject Loyalty: Nationalism and Monarchy in Ireland During the Reign of Queen Victoria (2001), Ireland, a Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791-1891 (2003), Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age (2011), Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868-86 (2014), and The Politics of Dublin Corporation, 1840-1900: From Reform to Expansion (2020). He is editor of The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV: The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891 (2011).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Note on Terminology15
List of Figures17
List of Tables19
I. International Contexts33
1. Confederates, Boers, or Silesians? Analogies to World History in Arguments about Partition during the Irish Revolution35
2. Partition and Peacemaking after the Great War53
3. A Conflict over Credentials Ireland–Australia, 1953–196469
II. Society and Economy93
4. Sport and the Partition of Ireland 95
5. Two Ulsters: Repartition, Retrospect, and Prospect117
6. A ‘Dreary Fantasy’? George O’Brien, Political Determinism, and the Economic Consequences of Partition139
III. Border Conflict159
7. Partition and North-West Ireland, c.1910–1925161
8. Moving Away From the ‘Bandit Country’ Myth181
9. Margaret Thatcher, Repartition, and Cross-Border Security, 1979–1990203
IV. Nationalism223
10. Political Propaganda: The ‘Frontier State’ in the Writings of Dorothy Macardle225
11. Redefining Partition: John Hume and the Evolution of Nationalist Thinking on a Divided Ireland243
12. Ireland’s Partition: The Birth and Consolidation of Catch-all Parties263
V. Unionism285
13. ‘It does not matter what the authors meant’: Covenanters in Conflict, 1916–1920287
14. The Conservative Right, Ulster Unionism, and the Partition of Ireland 303
Notes on Contributors399