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Global Citizen and European RepublicIrish Foreign Policy in Transition$
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Ben Tonra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719056079

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719056079.001.0001

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The narrative of the Anglo-American State

The narrative of the Anglo-American State

(p.66) 5 The narrative of the Anglo-American State
Global Citizen and European Republic

Ben Tonra

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the development of the third narrative of Irish foreign policy—that of Ireland as an Anglo-American State. It explains that this narrative looks to the English-speaking world as being Ireland's natural political and cultural hinterland and it encapsulates a more radical challenge to nationalism than that offered by the narrative of the European Republic. This narrative was constructed from an understanding of Irish history as part of the warp and weft of a larger civilisational narrative and from an understanding of the Anglo-American world as representing modernity. This chapter also discusses challenges and criticisms on this narrative.

Keywords:   Irish foreign policy, Anglo-American State, narrative, nationalism, modernity

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