Postscript and Conclusions: Consequences of the Settlement
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The postscript examines human and material costs of the Irish settlement in the short and medium terms. Rast asserts that few political groups were pleased with the two states as they developed up to 1925. Even those that benefited most, Northern Ireland’s official Unionists, were eventually forced to confront inequalities within their state. While British policy in this period is often considered one of disengagement, officials remained militarily and monetarily involved with Northern Ireland and had to reckon with Irish nationalism embodied by the Free State on the imperial stage. Finally, Rast recapitulates the major arguments sustained throughout the book, and how they manifest in the evidence presented.