By Brian M. Walker (auth.)
This ground-breaking political background of the 2 Irish States offers distinct new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace technique. It examines the effect of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish neighborhood at the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British neighborhood at the other.
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Extra resources for A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace
183 Around the same time, in 1938, Lord Dufferin told the Dominions Office in London that Northern Ireland government policies damaged the union. 184 Of all the unionist politicians, James Craig understood the value of generosity to one’s opponents. His family motto, acquired in the early 1900s and inscribed on his tomb in the grounds of Parliament House at Stormont, was ‘charity provokes charity’. There is evidence that in the 1920s he made some effort to accommodate his opponents, but by the 1930s any such moderation had ended, owing to the deep polarisation of attitudes.
Mr Joseph Devlin and other leading nationalists had frequently declared that that was their goal. 114 Such unionist concerns explain partly their lack of generosity to their nationalist opponents. A renewed IRA alarmed many unionists. 115 Nonetheless, in both parts of Ireland, IRA numbers grew from the early 1930s and members were involved in shows of strength and acts of violence. The IRA ran a bombing campaign in Britain during 1939. 116 In the years immediately following the 1925 Tripartite Agreement the northern government remained well disposed towards the south.
77 Legislation for film censorship was introduced in 1923 and for book censorship in 1929. Divorce was prohibited in 1925. 82 Majority identities, 1921–60 17 De Valera and members of Fianna Fáil were keen to prove their Catholic credentials, on account not only of their own religious beliefs but also of their awareness of the Catholic church as an important and unifying organisation in the country at large. During the late 1920s and early 1930s de Valera sought to rebuild relations which had been damaged during the civil war, and to reassure Catholic clergy about his party’s soundness on social and moral issues, all necessary for the party’s political success.
A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace by Brian M. Walker (auth.)