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The Border

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 192
Subject: History & Classics

The Border

The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics

Diarmaid Ferriter

The history and possible future of the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788161787 (Published 7 Feb 2019)

About the book

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.

About the author

Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland's best-known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. In 2010 he presented a three-part history of twentieth century Ireland, The Limits of Liberty, on RTE television.


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Ferriter's book is of such comprehensive and original scope...immensely readable and impressive

- Sunday Business Post

...The mighty mind this book comes from... rightly renowned for his voracious learning

- Sunday Times

Tugs at the tapestry of myths surrounding the independence struggle and the civil war that followed...A tremendous feat of documentation

- The Independent

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 192
Subject: History & Classics

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