The politics of constitutional nationalism in Northern Ireland, 1932–70

Between grievance and reconciliation

By Christopher Norton

The politics of constitutional nationalism in Northern Ireland, 1932–70


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5903-2
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2014
  • BIC Category: Politics, Nationalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, Society & social sciences / Nationalism


In the changed political landscape of Northern Ireland, where all major political parties with a nationalist agenda are now reconciled to the use of peaceful and constitutional means to achieve their objectives, this book presents a timely analysis of the constitutional nationalist tradition in Northern Ireland in the period leading up to the outbreak of the Troubles. The first book on constitutional nationalism to appear in over a decade, this new and incisive work based on extensive primary sources and existing secondary literature, maps the history of the campaigns of nationalist parties and organisations to redress the grievances of Northern Ireland's Catholics and bring partition to an end. It offers a critical reappraisal of these campaigns and it assesses the outcomes and consequences of the political strategies pursued by an array of nationalist parties and groups.


Christopher Norton is Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at the University of Wolverhampton


1. The politics of abstentionism 1932-39
2. The outbreak of war 1939-40
3. The war years 1940-45
4. The Irish anti-partition league: possibilities and pitfalls 1945-49
5. Deteriorating relations with Dublin 1950-55
6. The Sinn Féin challenge and the birth of the Nationalist party 1955-59
7. National unity: radicalism and renewal 1959-64
8. Nationalist party: division and decline 1964-70

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