Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Harkness
    Pages 1-19
  3. David Harkness
    Pages 20-33
  4. David Harkness
    Pages 34-46
  5. David Harkness
    Pages 47-63
  6. David Harkness
    Pages 64-83
  7. David Harkness
    Pages 84-99
  8. David Harkness
    Pages 100-114
  9. David Harkness
    Pages 115-126
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 127-190

About this book


What is it about the Irish that has kept them at each other's throats throughout this century? In this thought-provoking book, Professor Harkness charts the record of antagonistic aspirations that have divided Irish Nationalists from Irish Unionists (the latter, since 1920, being concentrated in the six Counties of Northern Ireland). Before the First World War, advocates of Irish Home rule opposed Unionist defenders of the United Kingdom. During and after the War, Irish Nationalist separatists struggled against the Unionist stronghold in the North East. When, in 1922, Ireland was divided between two unequal administrations, deadlock ensued. The Irish Free State became first a Dominion in the British Commonwealth and then, in 1949, the Irish Republic outside it. Northern Ireland soldiered on, a mere local administration devolved from Westminster, determined to remain part of the United Kingdom, but weakened by a divided population and by uncertain support from London. In 1972, after a fierce renewal of communal strife within Northern Ireland, London reasserted its rule over the province, sought an end to violent conflict, and pursued relations with Dublin to that end. The contrast of the Belfast-Dublin perspectives throughout this period are the substance of this book, yet the ongoing record of practical day-to-day operations is also part of the story. A multitude of contacts persisted across the Irish frontier, economic and social, sporting and cultural, religious and professionals, and to these too this book makes reference.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ireland in the Twentieth Century
  • Book Subtitle Divided Island
  • Authors D.W. Harkness
  • Series Title British History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-56795-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-56796-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-24267-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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