Reshaping these islands: reconfiguring the United Kingdom, partition and the Treaty
Monday 27 September 2021, 6.00pm to 6.50pm BST
1920-1 are formative years in the reshaping of these islands. From the partition of Ireland in December 1920 to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921, both Ireland and the United Kingdom were transformed in ways that would influence the politics of the twentieth century - and these arrangements continue to shape political relations to this day. But at the heart of the reconfigurations of 1920-1 is the question of whether these developments were inevitable. Were they the outcome of decades - if not centuries of difference - between Irish and British populations? Could any other ‘solution’ for Ulster have been found that did not rest on the creation of a six-county Northern Ireland? What alternatives might have been possible and why did they not come about? Professor Eugenio Biagini, Professor Richard Bourke and Dr Niamh Gallagher, members of the Faculty of History, will debate these questions in a lively, panel discussion chaired by Dr Lucy Delap.