‘Islands constitute natural unities; sea channels constitute natural divisions’. So wrote Kevin Howard (2006: 9) with particular reference to the two largest islands of the British Isles: Great Britain and Ireland. However, at the time of writing, the political unity of Great Britain is being called into question, while Ireland has been divided since the 1920s. Part of the island of Ireland is united not with the rest of the island, but with Great Britain across the other side of the ‘natural division’ that is the Irish Sea, for Ireland’s history, development and political structures have long been moulded by Great Britain. The journey to this ‘unnatural’ unity and the associated division of Ireland forms the material for this chapter.
|Title of host publication||The Political Economy of Divided Islands: Unified Geographies, Multiple Polities|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||1137023120, 9781137023124|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2013|
|Name||International Political Economy Series|