Unionist and Nationalist politics in modern Ireland have been defined by their use of both constitutional and revolutionary methods. From the battles over the land question and Home Rule in the 1880s to contemporary Northern Ireland’s troubles and the ensuing peace process, Irish political life has witnessed lengthy periods of constitutional and revolutionary struggle – and, at times, a significant blurring of the two. This book represents the first sustained engagement with the concepts of constitutional and revolutionary politics in Ireland from Parnell to Paisley.
Irish historiography is dominated by studies of constitutional or revolutionary politics, but rarely are the interweaving dynamics of both political impulses systematically interrogated. This book represents the first sustained analysis of the clash between the constitutional and revolutionary ideals and actions from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, encompassing both the unionist and nationalist political traditions. Each chapter presents a case-study with a detailed analysis of the fusion of constitutional and revolutionary politics in Ireland.
As an accessible guide to over one hundred years of Irish history, contributing to our understanding of the causes and consequences of constitutional and revolutionary politics there, this book will appeal to the academic and general reader alike.
Table of Contents
Richard English, ‘Foreword’
Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid and Colin Reid, ‘Introduction: constitutional and revolutionary histories of Ireland’
Michael Keyes, ‘Parnellism: the role of funding in the journey from the semi-constitutional to the purely revolutionary’.
Colin Reid, ‘The Irish Party and the Volunteer Crisis: politics and the Home Rule army, 1913-1918’.
Margaret O’Callaghan, ‘Roger Casement and 1916’.
John Borgonovo, ‘Cork City and the contested general election of 1918’.
Frances Flanagan, ‘P. S. O’Hegarty and the memory of the Irish revolution’.
Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid, ‘Throttling the IRA: Fianna Fáil and the subversive threat, 1939-1945’.
Stephen Kelly, ‘Seán Lemass and the Ulster question, 1959-1961: a new look at the old policy of partition’.
Simon Prince, ‘“To recur again in five or ten years”: the cycle of Catholic politics and the civil rights crisis’.
James Greer, ‘The rise of Paisleyism: creating the heartland and evolving the brand’.
Shaun McDaid, ‘The David Thornley affair: republicanism and the Labour Party’.
Andrew Sanders, ‘Sinn Féin: from abstention to assembly’.
About the Editors:
Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University of Belfast. She completed her doctoral thesis at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2009.
Dr Colin Reid is Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He was formerly the Irish Government Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford. He completed his doctoral thesis at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2008.