This book argues that Irish official discourse has been able to pose European integration and nation-statehood as mutually complementary. It highlights the richness of the interweaving elements of official nationalism and European integration in official discourse as an arena for exploring the relationship between nation-state and the European Union (EU). The first part of the book deals with official nationalism and its relationship to European integration, as well as the use of discourse analysis as a methodological tool in studying official nationalism. It uses the triform model to official nationalism and European integration, considering how each element of identity, borders, and governance is presented in the ‘traditional’ conception of the nation-state and the ‘new’ conception of the EU. The second part of the book provides an overview of the development of official nationalism in Ireland, focusing on the period from the first Home Rule Bill to the Irish War of Independence (1886–1921). It also analyses the way in which official discourse has addressed identity, borders, and governance in the context of EU membership and conflict in Northern Ireland.
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