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Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Societyby J. J. Lee
Synopses & Reviews
This is the first major study on this scale of Irish performance, North and South, in the twentieth century. Although stressing the primacy of politics in Irish public affairs, it argues that Irish politics must be understood in the broad context of economic, social, administrative, cultural, and intellectual history. The book fully explores the relationship between rhetoric and reality in the Irish mind and views political behavior largely as a product of collective psychology. "The Irish experience" is placed firmly in a comparative context. The book seeks to assess the relative importance of British influence and of indigenous impulses in shaping an independent Ireland, and to identify the relationship between personality and process in determining Irish history. Particularly close attention is paid to individuals such as Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, W.T. Cosgrove, Sir James Craig, J.J. McElligott, Sean Lemass, Terence O'Neill, and Ian Paisley, and to the limits within which even the most powerful personalities were forced to operate.
This is a major analytical study, and an examination of Irish performance in the 20th century. It argues that Irish politics must be understood in the broad context of economic, social, administrative, cultural and intellectual history.
Although it stresses the primacy of politics in Irish public affairs, this study argues that Irish politics must be interpreted within the broader context of economic, social, administrative, cultural and intellectual history.
Assessing the relative importance of British influence and of indigenous impulses in shaping an independent Ireland, this book identifies the relationship between personality and process in determining Irish history.
Table of Contents
List of maps; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Nomenclature; 1. Rebellion: 1912 — 1922; 2. Consolidation: 1922 — 1932; 3. Experiment: 1932 — 1945: the impact of de Valera; 4. Malaise: 1945 — 1958: the conservative resistance; 5. Expansion: 1958 — 1969; 6. North: 1945 — : reform and reaction; 7. Drift: 1969 — : the Lynch government; 8. Perspectives: performance; Bibliography; Index.
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