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Title: Living with partition : the irish borderlands, 1920-c.1950
Author: Dennis, Margaret Lorraine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 2214
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2008
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The constitutional status of the Irish border continues to dominate the British-Irish political agenda. Established in 1921, the border separates the contested area of Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland. While the territorial and political partition of the island has undergone significant analysis, the impact of the border on the lives of those living in its immediate vicinity has not attracted similar investigation. This thesis seeks to redress this imbalance, examining everyday life in the Irish borderlands from 1920 to c.1950. The macro-politics of separation serve as a backdrop for the study, which documents how the border, as a direct consequence of partition, impacted upon local life. The empirical narrative presented is constructed from official archival sources, ethnographic material and newspapers. The era under investigation commences in 1920, when the Government of Ireland Act, which divided Ireland into two territories, was passed, and by concluding around 1950, three decades of the history of partition which are seldom documented are encompassed. During this time the permeability of the border fluctuated both along its length and through time, as locals not only struggled to overcome the complexities and ambiguities which partition had created but, in addition, learned to exploit the opportunities it presented. Central to this study is the banality of everyday life, focusing on how routine was performed in the borderlands. As a consequence of partition the boundary separated the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland from the Irish Free State and also demarcated the British state from its Irish counterpart, and served as both a political and fiscal barrier. This dual role added to the complexity of the border and the practical implications of living with it, in such realms as transportation, postal services and militarisation to name but a few, which this thesis concentrates upon.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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