The Northern Ireland Question Nationalism, Unionism and Partition
First published in 1999, this volume was the third in a trilogy on the 'problem' of Northern Ireland. It examines the political content of the unionist and nationalist 'ideologies' which have emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Ireland. The focus of the book is also to examine and assess the impact of unionist and nationalist thinking and commitment on political and economic life in the twentieth century.
1. The Making of Irish Nationalism: Between Integration and Independence. Brian Girvan. 2. Ulster Unionism: Great Britain and Ireland, 1885-1921. D. George Boyce. 3. Partition: Origins and Implementation. Brian Barton. 4. Politics of North-South Relations in Post-Partition Ireland. Dennis Kennedy. 5. Discrimination in Housing and Employment under the Stormont Administration. Graham Gudgin. 6. The Northern Ireland Electoral System: A Vehicle for Disputation. Sydney Elliott. 7. The Economics of Unionism and Nationalism. J. Esmond Birnie. 8. Unionist and Nationalist Thinking in the 1990s. Michael Cunningham.
’...charts the evolution of unionist and nationalist thinking...this loaded but succinct collection identifies in a timely manner where we went wrong last time, as we stand once more at the crossroads of decision.’ Belfast Telegraph ’...highly readable and informative essays form an important contribution to the academic literature on Northern Ireland.’ The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest ’...a useful addition to the vast literature that has appeared since the beginning of the Troubles...’ The Historian