The key turning point in modern Ireland's history, the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 has shadowed Ireland's political life for decades. In this first book-length assessment of the treaty in over seventy years, Jason Knirck recounts the compelling story of the nationalist politics that produced the Irish Revolution, the tortuous treaty negotiations, and the deep divisions within Sinn Fein that led to the slow unraveling of fragile party cohesion. Knirck's incisive analysis is complemented by a comprehensive collection of annotated primary sources that give readers the drama and flavor of this contentious battle and allow them to engage directly with the positions of key historical figures.
Jason K. Knirck is assistant professor of history at Central Washington University.
Chapter 1 The Treaty and Irish History Chapter 2 Irish Nationalism and the Irish Revolution, 1912-1921 Chapter 3 Negotiating a Settlement Chapter 4 The Great Debate: The Dail and the Treaty Chapter 5 Epilogue