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Nationalism and Independence: Selected Irish Papers
Nationalism and Independence: Selected Irish Papers

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Authors: Nicholas Mansergh, edited by Diana Mansergh
Publication Year: Hardback 1997
Pages: 264
Size: 242 x 165mm

ISBN: 9781859181058


Nicholas Mansergh, who died in 1991, was one of the most eminent Irish scholars of the century. A Tipperary man, he enjoyed a glittering academic career in Oxford, London and Cambridge, where he was the first holder of the Smuts Chair of Commonwealth History and later Master of St. John's College for ten years. He pioneered the scholarly study of Irish government, North and South, with his books, The Irish Free State and The Government of Northern Ireland. He then initiated the study of modern Irish history in a comparative European perspective in his Ireland in the Age of Reform and Revolution, originally published in 1940, but better known in its revised and expanded form as The Irish Question (1965, 1976). He achieved renown as an historian of the Commonwealth, with numerous studies on virtually every aspect of Commonwealth history, culminating in his major two volume survey, The Commonwealth Experience (1969). But he continued to work to the end on Ireland. His last book, The Unresolved Question: The Anglo-Irish Settlement and Its Undoing 1912-1972, published by Yale University Press, appeared posthumously in 1991. Generous in responding to requests for contributions to conferences and symposia, he published numerous lectures and essays on the central issues and leading personalities of twentieth-century Irish history, not least on Eamon de Valera, whom he knew well. He became a leading authority on partition, both in Ireland and internationally. His study of the Government of Ireland Act of 1920, which partitioned Ireland, and his comparative critique of the partitions of Ireland and India, have become classics. Diana Mansergh, his widow, has now made his previously scattered essays accessible to the general public by collecting them in a single volume, and enhancing their value further by adding some previously unpublished material, including fascinating extracts from his diary, and accounts of interviews with leading public figures, including de Valera himself and his successor as Taoiseach, Sean Lemass. Professor Mansergh's reflections have lost none of their relevance in present circumstances. Indeed the continuing centrality of partition in Anglo-Irish relations makes their learning, insight and wisdom an important contribution to understanding Irish and British affairs of the present day.

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