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A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s

A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s

Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (Eds.)

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This pioneering collection explores the emerging political & economic structures in the two new Irish States in the aftermath of the struggle for Independence

In the aftermath of the Great War, Europe’s empires crumbled and a patchwork of new nation states emerged across the continent. As the map of Europe was being redrawn after 1918, Ireland too stood on the threshold of great change. The 1920s were a formative decade for Ireland, both north and south of the border, but is all too often dismissed as one of stagnation. In contrast to this belief, the contributions to this important new collection provide a refreshingly alternative view of this significant decade, all serving to reignite the debate about how modern Ireland was defined and how statehood collided with national identities and allegiances.

The relationship between government policy and the emerging state is explored in chapters focusing on Free State election posters, loyalty and treason, the 1923 Land Act, the Irish Farmers’ Party and parliamentary democracy. Other contributions look at how economic policy shaped the lives of ordinary Irish citizens and continue to have an impact today, long after Ireland’s struggle for independence.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction:  Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck, and Ciara Meehan

2. Politics Pictorialised:  Free State Election Posters ~ Ciara Meehan

3. Cumann na nGaedheal:  A New ‘National Party’? ~ Mel Farrell

4. A Unique Experiment in Idealism:  The Irish Senate 1922-1928 ~ Elaine Byrne

5. ‘Harnessed in the Service of the Nation’:  Party Politics and the Promotion of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme 1924-1932 ~ McKayla Sutton

6. Redefining Allegiance:  Loyalty, Treason, and the Irish Free State 1922-1932 ~ Justin Dolan Stover

7. The 1923 Land Act:  Some New Perspectives ~ Terence Dooley & Tony McCarthy

8. Reframing the Republic:  Republican Socioeconomic Thought and the Road to Fianna Fáil 1923-1926 ~ Timothy M. O’Neil

9. ‘A Regime of Squandermania’:  The Irish Farmers’ Party and Parliamentary Democracy 1922-1927 ~ Jason Knirck

10. ‘A Cold House for Catholics’?  The consolidation of the Northern Ireland State in the 1920s ~ Sarah Campbell

Additional Information

Author Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (Eds.)
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 15 Mar 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780716532811

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