What exactly did the split over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 actually mean? We know it both established the independent Irish state and that Ireland would not be a fully sovereign republic – and provided for the partition of Northern Ireland.
The Treaty was ratified 64 votes to 57 by the Sinn Féin members of the Revolutionary Dáil Éireann, splitting Sinn Féin irrevocably and leading to the Irish Civil War, a rupture that still defines the Irish political landscape almost one hundred years on.
Drawing together the work of a diverse range of scholars, who each re-examine this critical period in Irish political history from a variety of fascinating perspectives, The Treaty addresses this vexed historical and political question for a new generation of readers in the ongoing Decade of Commemorations, to determine what caused the split and its consequences that are still felt today.
Table of Contents
Foreword ~ Nora Owen
Introduction ~ Liam Weeks and Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh
- ‘Stepping Stones to Freedom’: Pro-Treaty Rhetoric andStrategy During the Dáil Treaty Debates ~ Mel Farrell
- ‘We Should for the Present Stand Absolutely Aloof’: Home Rule Perspectives on the Treaty Debates ~ Martin O’Donoghue
- Republican Representations of the Treaty. ‘A Usurpation, Pure and Simple’ John Dorney
- ‘Merely Tuppence Half-Penny Looking Down on Tuppence’? Class, the Second Dáil and Irish Republicanism ~ Brian Hanley
- ‘Between two Hells’: The Social, Political and Military Backgrounds and Motivations of the 121 TDs Who Voted For or Against the Anglo-Irish Treaty in January 1922 ~ Eunan O’Halpin and Mary Staines
- Debating not Negotiating: The Female TDs of the Second Dáil ~ Sinéad McCoole
- ‘An Idea Has Gone Abroad that All the Women Were Against the Treaty’: Cumann na Saoirse and Pro-Treaty Women, 1922-1923 ~ Mary McAuliffe
- Leaders or Followers? Sinn Féin, the Split and Representing the Farmers in the Treaty Debates ~ Tony Varley
- ‘More than Words’: A Quantitative Text Analysis of the Treaty Debates ~ Liam Weeks, Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh, Slava Mikhaylov and Alexander Herzog
- The Treaty: A Historical and Legal Interpretation ~ Laura Cahillane and Paul Murray
- Conclusion ~ Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh and Liam Weeks
About the Editors
Liam Weeks is a lecturer in the Department of Government & Politics, University College Cork, and is author of All Politics is Local: A Guide to Local Elections in Ireland (with Aodh Quinlivan, 2009), Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Political Life (co-edited with Alastair Clark, 2012) and Independents in Irish Party Democracy (2017).
Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities & Social Science, Dublin Business School, and is author of Irish Agriculture Nationalised: The Dairy Disposal Company and the Making of the Modern Irish Dairy Industry (2014) and Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services (forthcoming, 2019).