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Britain and Ireland: Towards a Post-nationalist Archipelago

Richard Kearney

in Contextualizing Secession

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258710
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601880 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258716.003.0005
 Britain and Ireland: Towards a Post-nationalist Archipelago

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Tracing the genesis and development of British and Irish nationalism, the author argues that both national identities emerged in a mimetic and symbiotic dialectic culminating in violent conflict. This was inevitable given the respective claims of both nations to 'one and indivisible' sovereignty over the same territory: Northern Ireland. The new post-nationalist scenario was outlined in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Keywords: Ireland; nationalism; Northern Ireland; power-sharing; sovereignty; terrorism; United Kingdom

Chapter.  6780 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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