Nationalist myths : revisiting Heslinga's "The Irish border as a cultural divide"

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Title: Nationalist myths : revisiting Heslinga's "The Irish border as a cultural divide"
Authors: Howard, Kevin
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Date: 2006
Abstract: This paper offers a critique of MV Heslinga’s argument that the geographical structure of these islands has for millennia served to funnel interchange in an east-west direction, resulting in a deeply embedded cultural cleavage between the northern and southern regions of both Ireland and Great Britain. This form of geographical determinism lends itself to contemporary British/Ulster nationalism’s case for the naturalness of partition. In this way, it mirrors the geographical determinism of Irish nationalism. Both deploy geography in the service of political projects that are fundamentally grounded in recent political events the outcome of which was neither predictable nor inevitable.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 66; MFPP Working Papers; 16
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: HeslingaIrelandNationalismPartitionGreat Britain
Subject LCSH: Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
Ireland--History--Partition, 1921
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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