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Irish Nationalism and European IntegrationThe Official Redefinition of the Island of Ireland$
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Katy Hayward

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072789

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072789.001.0001

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Building the Irish nation-state, 1922–72

Building the Irish nation-state, 1922–72

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Irish Nationalism and European Integration

Katy Hayward

Manchester University Press

The initial focus of official nationalism in the Irish Free State was on the activity of nation-building. The core purpose of nation-building was to unite the nation behind the new state. Consequently, the Irish official nationalism that developed emphasised the points of convergence between republican and constitutional nationalism. These included the roles of intellectual and political elites and a shared conception of the importance of the narrative and cultural identity of the nation. This chapter examines the way in which official nationalism developed from this basis, noting in particular the implications of the subsequent conception of the Irish nation-state for its relations with Northern Ireland, Britain, and the wider international community. It also identifies the processes of state-building that occurred after 1937, in which Northern Ireland and the international context, particularly Europe, again were of immense importance. The chapter concludes by analysing the approach and motivating assumptions of the Irish government towards Northern Ireland and European integration in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Keywords:   Irish Free State, nationalism, nation-building, state-building, elites, Northern Ireland, Britain, Europe, European integration, nation-state

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