Catholic Belfast and Nationalist Ireland in the Era of Joe Devlin, 1871-1934

Hardcover | July 17, 2008

byA.C. Hepburn

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The Irish revolution of 1916-23 is generally regarded as a success. It was a disastrous failure, however, for the Catholic and nationalist minority in what became Northern Ireland. It resulted in partition, a discriminatory majoritarian regime and, more recently, a generation of renewedviolence and a decade of political impasse. It is often suggested that the blame for this outcome rests not only on 'perfidious Albion' and the 'bigotry' of Ulster Unionism but also on the constitutional nationalist leaders, John Redmond, John Dillon and Joe Devlin. This book argues that, on thecontrary, the era of violence provoked by Sinn Fein's 1918 general election victory was the primary cause of partition so far as actions on the nationalist side were concerned. Hepburn also suggests that the exclusively Catholic Ancient Order of Hibernians was in fact less sectarian than Sinn Fein, and that Devlin's practical contribution to the improvement of working-class conditions was more substantial than that of his republican socialist contemporaries. Too much Irishhistory has been written from the standpoint of the winners. This book, as well as detailing the life of an important but neglected individual in the context of a social history of Catholic Belfast, offers a general re-interpretation of Irish political history between the 1890s and the 1930s fromthe perspective of the losers.

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The Irish revolution of 1916-23 is generally regarded as a success. It was a disastrous failure, however, for the Catholic and nationalist minority in what became Northern Ireland. It resulted in partition, a discriminatory majoritarian regime and, more recently, a generation of renewedviolence and a decade of political impasse. It i...

A.C. Hepburn is Professor of Modern Irish History at the University of Sunderland, where he was Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1996-2002. He previously held academic posts at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast, and the University of Tennessee. His previous books include Contested Cities in ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:July 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: North and South2. 'Prisoners of the City': Catholic Belfast in the Late Nineteenth Century3. A Minority Divided, 1890-19084. The Organizer of Spontaneity5. 'A Theatre where we may Expose the Wrongs of Ireland': Parliamentarian6. The Real Chief Secretary': Centre Stage, 1910-147. Belfast, Ireland and the War, 1914-188. 'Bloodshed and Partition': War in Ireland, 1919-229. The Stage Contracts: Northern Ireland 1922-3410. Conclusion: 'The Ulster Question is a Belfast City Question'