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    Redefining southern nationalism : a political perspective ; an academic perspective
    (University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies, 2001) ;
    A political perspective: Southern Irish nationalism was traditionally aggressive and negative, and tended to view Northern Ireland as a colonial remnant; but economic protectionism and isolationism did little to stem the flow of emigrants out of the country. Evolution under the leadership of Sean Lemass from 1959 onwards led to a more outward-looking Ireland, but the more negative aspects of Irish nationalism began to appear again in the 1970s. The tension between two forms of republicanism should be resolved, the author argues, by an effort by liberal democrats to reclaim the term for them-selves, redefining it as a belief in the primacy of the people through an exclusively democratic process.