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A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace [NOOK Book]

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This ground-breaking political history of the two states in Ireland provides unique new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace process. It examines the impact of the fraught dynamics between the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish community on the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British community on the other. Brian Walker provides a new understanding of the outbreak of the 'Troubles' in 1969 and the subsequent peace process. He argues that exclusive and confrontational ideas of ...
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A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace

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Overview

This ground-breaking political history of the two states in Ireland provides unique new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace process. It examines the impact of the fraught dynamics between the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish community on the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British community on the other. Brian Walker provides a new understanding of the outbreak of the 'Troubles' in 1969 and the subsequent peace process. He argues that exclusive and confrontational ideas of identity developed in the north and south of Ireland after 1921, which helped to lead to the outbreak of violence nearly fifty years later. The rise of more pluralist and conciliatory views of identity has greatly assisted the recent move to accommodation and relative peace. In an innovative approach, Walker examines the role of commemorations and the influence of 'history.' Recent developments such as the successful establishment of the power-sharing executive in Belfast are covered as is the recent visit of Queen Elizabeth to Dublin.
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'It is refreshing to encounter a book that explains the way the modern histories of the two Irelands -north and south- have intertwined and formed a dizzyingly self-reinforcing feedback system: sometimes for the better, mostly for the worse. Professor Brian Walker is one of the few writers who can catch this interaction with clarity and a strong and fair sense of evidence. I recommend this book highly to anyone who cares about where Ireland has been - and where it is going.'
- Donald Harman Akenson, Douglas Professor of History, Queen's University, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137017987
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 473 KB

Meet the Author

BRIAN M. WALKER Professor of Irish Studiesat theSchool of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast, UK. He is a former director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's. His publications include a number of books on Irish elections and politics, such as Dancing to History's Tune: History, Myth and Politics in Ireland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I
Action and Reaction: Majority Identities, 1921-60
Parallel Universes: Minority Identities, 1921-60
Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorations and Identity, 1921-60
PART II
Conflict and Conciliation: Identities and Change, 1960-2010
Remembering and Reclaiming: Commemorations and Identity, 1960-2010
The Past and the Present: History, Identity and the Peace Process

Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
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