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Introduction

  • M. C. Rast
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Abstract

This book provides an analytical narrative of the prolonged negotiations that partitioned Ireland into two states and established the constitutional relationship between them, the United Kingdom, and the British Empire. The introduction outlines ways this study engages with existing scholarship by summarizing historical background, questions to be addressed, and major arguments. Additionally, Rast examines modes of political thought in the United Kingdom that impacted debates on Irish self-government, particularly attitudes toward democratic and popular politics, religion, nationalism, and the press. In this way, the introduction both sets up the rest of the book and provides insight into British and Irish political dynamics in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Keywords

Home rule Unionism Democracy Nationalism Religion British Empire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Rast
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarNew YorkUSA

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