Nationalism and Transnationalism: The National Conflict in Ireland and European Union Integration
This book is a bold and innovative investigation of an increasingly intense global paradox. From the early 1970s and especially since the end of the Cold War, nationalism has gained increased global significance. At the same time, seemingly hand-in-hand with the growth of nationalism, there has been an acceleration of transnational integration. The book links international relations theories with theories of nationalism, breaking down anachronistic barriers between them to gain a theoretical insight into these cross cutting developments. An analytical framework is developed and is used to explore the historical and contemporary relationships between European Union integration and the national conflict in Ireland. This suggests that transnational integration opens up new options in the national conflict and has become a defining element in Ireland's political development North and South. Indeed, to the extent that EU integration is interpreted as an antidote to nationalism, the Irish experience should be seen as a test case of its political potential.
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