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Divided We Stand, United We Fall? Partition, Democracy, and Nationalism in Ireland and Europe

Morrow, Duncan (2000) Divided We Stand, United We Fall? Partition, Democracy, and Nationalism in Ireland and Europe. Brown Journal Of World Affairs, 7 (1). pp. 81-90. [Journal article]

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Nationalism, untempered by limits, is a claim of right to power. By the end of the eighteenth century, the revolutionaries of America and France had replaced the sacred authority of the divine right of kings with that of"the people." Allying themselves to this new democratic authority, nineteenthcentury nationalists asserted the right to power over specified territories and districts. In many places, and especially in eastern and central Europe, imperial history left an irregular settlement pattern with communities of different languages and histories living in close proximity. As bureaucracy and literacy spread, the fight to control the language or religious content of public education and public service became the lightning conductors that galvanized whole populations into different political nations. The only possible outcome was a web of interconnected and competing claims to authority, each asserting a claim whose right was understood to be absolute and non-negotiable. Nationalism in these circumstances is not just like religion, it is religion

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Partition, Northern Ireland, self-determination, peace.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:33793
Deposited By: Dr Duncan Morrow
Deposited On:22 Mar 2016 11:19
Last Modified:22 Mar 2016 11:19

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