Partition

How and Why Ireland was Divided

Ivan Gibbons

Partition

Ivan Gibbons

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172 pages | 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781913368012 Published February 2021 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
The Partition of Ireland in 1921, which established Northern Ireland and saw it incorporated into the United Kingdom, sparked immediate civil war and a century of unrest. Today, the Partition remains the single most contentious issue in Irish politics, but its origins—how and why the British divided the island—remain obscured by decades of ensuing struggle.
           
Cutting through the partisan divide, Partition takes readers back to the first days of the twentieth century to uncover the concerns at the heart of the original conflict. Drawing on extensive primary research, Ivan Gibbons reveals how the idea to divide Ireland came about and gained popular support as well as why its implementation proved so controversial and left a century of troubles in its wake.
 
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
"[An] an excellent exposition of how the border came into existence. Gibbons's is a short, very readable and clear overview."
History Ireland Magazine
“An accessible, well-written concise history of partition.”
Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
"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."
Paul Bew, author of Churchill & Ireland
"[A] thoughtful and well written study."
Nicholas Jones, former BBC political correspondent
"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."
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