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    ‘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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Political Economy of Divided Islands: Unified Geographies, Multiple Polities
    EditorsGodfrey Baldacchino
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)1137023120, 9781137023124
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

    Publication series

    NameInternational Political Economy Series
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


    • Islands
    • Divided islands


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