Deducing rationalities and political tactics in the partitioning of Ireland, 1912-1925

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Title: Deducing rationalities and political tactics in the partitioning of Ireland, 1912-1925
Authors: Rankin, K. J.
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Date: Nov-2007
Abstract: Partition is an intrinsically abstract and simplistic blunt instrument applied on a complex mosaic of peculiarities that constitute reality. There are very few modern states that are ethnically or culturally homogenous. In this context, partition is a subjective territorial tactic that can treat or exacerbate symptoms of historical, political, and geographical difficulties. While exhibiting comparative scope, especially to the role of the British State and the dynamics of national majorities and minorities, the circumstances concerning the partitioning of Ireland deviate from patterns gleaned from other examples as the evolving bases of its partition between 1912 and 1925 mutated at various stages with regard to geography, political status, and function. However, Ireland served as an important historical precedent in illustrating the disparity between the original intent and eventual result of its partition. Indeed, one can extrapolate from the Irish example that partition is better understood as a catalytic tactical process that radically reconfigures the political and geographical dimensions of conflict rather than as a decisive political instrument solving it.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2007 Elsevier
Keywords: Partition;Ireland;Northern Ireland;Irish Free State
Subject LCSH: Ireland--History--Partition, 1921
DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2007.09.006
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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