Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society

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Cambridge University Press, 1989 - History - 754 pages
This is the first major study on this scale of Irish performance, North and South, in the twentieth century. Although stressing the primacy of politics in Irish public affairs, it argues that Irish politics must be understood in the broad context of economic, social, administrative, cultural, and intellectual history. The book fully explores the relationship between rhetoric and reality in the Irish mind and views political behavior largely as a product of collective psychology. "The Irish experience" is placed firmly in a comparative context. The book seeks to assess the relative importance of British influence and of indigenous impulses in shaping an independent Ireland, and to identify the relationship between personality and process in determining Irish history. Particularly close attention is paid to individuals such as Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, W.T. Cosgrove, Sir James Craig, J.J. McElligott, Sean Lemass, Terence O'Neill, and Ian Paisley, and to the limits within which even the most powerful personalities were forced to operate.
 

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Contents

19121922
1
Fianna Fáil versus the IRA 2 I
2
19221 932
56
The Free State inheritance
69
Statebuilding
94
Northern Ireland
136
Fianna Fáil 1 5
157
The fall of Cosgrave
168
I
520
Institutions
540
Intelligence
562
Character
643
Identity
658
Select bibliography
688
Index
731
Introduction xvii
767

19321945
175
War economics 2 2 4
224
We are Kings men 2 53
253
19451958
271
constitution 2 01
272
The electoral game 2 93
293
l I
327
19581969
329
Social change
359
The Lynch succession
437
Reform and reaction 4 II
452
The Cosgrave government
469
The crock of gold
487
At the end of the rainbow? 5oé
506
A matter of force 1
1
Behind the headlines 2 17
2
Stalking the wild rainbow 23
23
Light 32
32
Maybe Im Heisenberg 51
51
Isospin 190
190
Colour me red green and blue 207
207
Smashing symmetry 219
219
How much is infinity minus infinity? 249
249
Excelsior The ascent to SUoo 269
269
A modest reading proposal 295
295
Index 333
333
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