By Brian M. Walker (auth.)
This ground-breaking political background of the 2 Irish States presents targeted new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace strategy. It examines the impression of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish group at the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British group at the other.
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That was one of the dullest books ever written, and no one would have bothered to read it if it had not been banned. 161 Post-1920 various commemorative events served as a focus for the new identity that developed among members of the Protestant and unionist community. One such event was the annual commemoration of the siege of Derry, 1688–89, when Protestant defenders of Derry held out against the Catholic forces of James II. This event is marked annually by parades in Derry by clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, a Protestant fraternal organisation.
Called Northern Ireland, the new state was under the control of the Westminster parliament and government, but was given its own local parliament and government. While the Northern Ireland government in the early 1920s faced considerable opposition from Catholic and nationalist/republican quarters, by the second half of 1923 it had established its authority. Whereas the southern government 20 The Two Irelands sought to weaken links between the new state and Britain, the northern government endeavoured to strengthen its connections.
171 Over the whole period from 1921 to 1972 just 17 women stood as candidates to the Northern Ireland parliament and only nine were elected. 172 There were other members of the mainstream groups who did not share all aspects of these new identities. In the south, changes in Irish identity meant the eventual removal of all connections with the crown or Great Britain and the growth of a strongly separate identity. Nonetheless, there were those who rejected an isolationist position. 173 In the north, there was a decided reduction in Irish identity among members of the unionist community, but there were those who retained a sense of Irishness.
A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace by Brian M. Walker (auth.)