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The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics (Paperback)Diarmaid Ferriter (author)
Now at Brexit’s simmering centre, The Border offers timely insight into the equally contentious, factionalised and confused history of the border between Northern Ireland the Republic over the last century. Providing an objective and thoroughly researched perspective, Diarmaid Ferriter uncovers a legacy clouded in scandal from which no side surfaces with glory offering fresh light not only on a troubled past but on what changes now - bringing, for some, the greater promise of reunification - might mean for Ireland's future.
Our Irish Book of the Month for September 2019
For the past two decades, you could cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic half a dozen times without noticing or, indeed, without turning off the road you were travelling. It cuts through fields, winds back-and-forth across roads, and wends from the mouth of the Newry River to the mouth of the Foyle. It's frictionless - a feat sealed by the Good Friday Agreement.
Before that, watchtowers loomed over border communities, military checkpoints dotted the roads, and bridges had been demolished to prevent crossings. This is a past that most are happy to have left behind but it may also be the future. The border between the Irish Republic-Northern Ireland border has been a topic of dispute for over a century, first in Dublin, Belfast and Westminster and now, post referendum, in Brussels.
Diarmaid Ferriter charts its history from the divisive 1920s Act to the Treaty and its aftermath, through 'the Troubles' and the Good Friday Agreement up to the Brexit negotiations. With the fate of the border uncertain, the Border is a timely intervention into one of the most contentious and misunderstood political issues of our time.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 204 x 128 x 18 mm
'Clear-eyed ... It isn't often that writing on Brexit and Ireland is so uniformly unsparing and devoid of lazy moralism. This is a rare pleasure ... Anyone who wishes to understand why Brexit is so intractable should read this book. I can think of several MPs who ought to.' - Patrick Maguire, The Times
'A clear and concise history ... Ferriter's judicious book shows that Brexiters' recklessness, such "contemptuous arrogance", is nothing new, and that it has always been the ordinary people of Northern Ireland who have paid its price. They deserve better.' - Christopher Kissane, The Guardian
'A wide-ranging history of Irish partition ... skilfully condenses a vast amount of research into a coherent narrative packed with striking quotes and acerbic commentaries ... erudite and insightful' - Andrew Lynch, The Irish Independent
'A timely historical essay' - The Economist
'The Border is an invaluable new addition to the growing canon of Border literature... a very readable book ... it has a chronological precision one expects from a historian, yet its pacy and concise narrative runs to just 144 pages and takes readers up to last week's headlines. One can't help wondering if it has the immediacy of a background executive summary for the next round of on-off Brexit negotiations.' - Darach MacDonald, The Irish Times
'Richly detailed ... Ferriter is scrupulous in striving for historical objectivity' - Andrew Anthony, The Observer
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