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The Politics of the Irish Civil War
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The Politics of the Irish Civil War

Bill Kissane

Abstract

This book situates the Irish civil war in the general process of decolonization in the 20th century and explains why divisions over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 proved so decisive in the creation of the Irish state. It suggests that the Treaty settlement and the manner in which it was implemented touched the raw nerve of a society with long-standing ambiguities on the question of Empire. On the pro-Treaty side, the Treaty opened up the prospect of co-operation with Britain in an increasingly democratic Commonwealth. On the anti-Treaty side, dominion status was incompatible with the conceptio ... More

Keywords: Ireland, Sinn Fein, Empire, nationalism, Commonwealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273553.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bill Kissane, author
Lecturer in Politics, London School of Economics
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