Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 February 2017

240 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526107374

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The West must wait

County Galway and the Irish Free State, 1922-32

Newell Úna

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A timely study that not only contributes to the historical debate, but also has a contemporary resonance
  • Bearing in mind the forthcoming commemorations of the revolution, it will make a significant contribution to a sustained period of academic re-examination of the expectations and disappointments of post-revolutionary Ireland
  • Examines the disconnect between local expectations of what independence would deliver and what was actually achieved by the incumbent Cumann na nGaedheal government
  • Moves the focus of attention away from the quite overcrowded area of the revolutionary period, and turns instead to the socio-political realities of life in the new Free State
  • Opens up a new dimension by offering a rural contrast to the Dublin-centred views of Irish politics in the first decade of independence
  • Reveals the level of deprivation in local Free State society with which the government had to confront (however inadequately) in the west of Ireland
  • Rigorously researched, novel in focus, and drawing on a range of unexplored sources, it raises a series of challenging questions about how we think about post-civil war society in Ireland
  • The first academic regional history of the post-revolutionary period
  • Written in a lively and engaging manner, it will appeal to a general readership as well as to students and scholars who wish to deepen their understanding of post-revolutionary Ireland

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