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How and Why Ireland was Divided
By Ivan Gibbons

Publication details:
3 November 2020
£12.99| History, Politics, Ireland
Hardback |212 pages | 1 Map
ISBN 978-1913368-01-2

A hundred years ago, Ireland was partitioned into a unionist north and a nationalist south. What began as an expedient and temporary political device to resolve conflicting tensions inside the United Kingdom was to become a permanent international frontier between two sovereign states, and Britain’s only land border with the European Union.

The passion and emotion felt about partition has not dissipated in the intervening century; it is as controversial now as it was then. To mark the centenary, this concise introductory history explains why Ireland was partitioned and how the two states on the island were created.

‘A must-read to understand why the Irish Border continues to cast such a jagged shadow over the island of Ireland, from party politics to implementing Brexit.’
– Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

‘Thoughtful and well written study of a difficult problem.’
– Paul Bew

‘Ivan’s lifetime interest and research into the tortured history of the Irish border has produced a vivid account of the historic twists and turns that resulted in partition.’
– Nicholas Jones, former BBC political correspondent

IVAN GIBBONS is a lecturer in Modern Irish and British history specialising in the relationship between the British Labour Party and Ireland. He was lecturer and MA and BA Programme Director in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University.

He is the author of The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State (2015) and Drawing the Line: The Irish Border in British Politics (2018).

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