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The Partition of Ireland

  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521189583


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  • Partition represents the most fundamental revolution in modern Irish history. By 1925 the country had been divided into two states embodying rival religious and political identities, an outcome unthinkable only a decade before. While often analysed through the lens of elite high politics, partition was by definition a mass participation event, where decision making was shaped by elections, propaganda and savage acts of violence in defence of or in opposition to the new settlement. By examining the complex interaction of nationalism, religion and politics, Robert Lynch seeks to understand how partition was constructed and imagined by Irish people themselves, arguing for a relocation of partition at the centre of historical understandings of events in Ireland which spanned the Great War. Lynch highlights the deep confusion and expediency which lay behind the partition plan, and how it failed to provide answers to the complex and enduring problems of Irish identity.

    • A new holistic all-Ireland study of the Irish Revolution, which embraces both North and South
    • Provides an understanding of the origins and nature of the Irish border, of particular resonance to contemporary readers thinking about Brexit
    • Examines previously ignored areas of partition history, to allow a deeper appreciation of the costs of partition for the Irish people
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A scholarly, detailed and historically-minded analysis of an enduringly central feature of Irish politics.' Richard English, Queen's University Belfast

    'Robert Lynch has written an insightful and absorbing study of partition. Questions are raised about how we understand the nature of partition, its meaning in modern Irish history, and how it shaped and reshaped the identities of those living with its impact, both north and south. It is a history as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago.' Maria Luddy, University of Warwick

    'The Partition of Ireland is now a critical must-read work on the Irish revolution and goes a long way toward its goal of restoring partition to the center of modern Irish history.' Jason Knirck, H-Albion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521189583
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: 'the tragedy of two lunatics'
    Part I. The Origins of Partition:
    1. Where is Ireland? 2. Half a revolution
    3. Answering the question
    Part II. The Process of Partition:
    4. The death of Ireland
    5. Unravelling Ireland
    6. Ireland's other civil wars. Part III. The Legacies of Partition:
    7. Moving minorities
    8. Holding the line
    9. Brave new worlds.

  • Author

    Robert Lynch
    Robert Lynch has worked, taught and researched at the University of Stirling, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, Warwick University and Queen's University Belfast. He has published numerous articles and books on the early history of Northern Ireland and the partition era including The Northern IRA and the Early Years of Partition, 1920–22 (2006), most recently contributing to The Irish Revolution (2017). He has also published a number of articles in journals such as the Journal for British Studies and Irish Historical Studies.

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