Canadians have been involved in, intrigued by, and frustrated with Irish politics, from the Fenian Raids of the 1860s to the present day. Yet, until now, scholarly interest in Canada’s relationship with Ireland has focused largely on the years leading to the consolidation of the Irish Free State in the 1920s.
Relying on extensive archival research, Canada and Ireland authoritatively assesses political relations between the two countries, from partition to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. It reveals how domestic controversies and international concerns have moulded Ottawa’s response to developments such as Ireland’s neutrality in the Second World War, its unsettled relationship with the Commonwealth, and the always contentious issue of Irish unification.
In Canada and Ireland, Philip J. Currie painstakingly investigates the origins, trials, and successes of the sometimes turbulent connection between the two countries to shed new light on an important relationship.
1 The Irish Home Rule Debate, 1882–1921
2 French Canadians and the Irish Question, 1882–1921
3 Parallel Paths? Canada and Ireland, 1921–1939
4 Unionism versus Nationalism in Northern Ireland
5 "Ourselves Alone?" Neutral Eire and the Commonwealth at War
6 Establishing the Irish Republic, 1948–1949
7 Irish Questions
8 Canada and Ireland in the 1950s
9 Ireland: Roads not Taken
10 Canada: Change and Continuity
11 Canada and the Early Troubles, 1969–1972
12 The Search for a Settlement
13 A Farewell to Ireland?
14 The Belfast Agreement
Two sections of images and the impressive base of sources speak to the extensive research underlying this work.
~J.M. O'Leary, CHOICE Connect
[Philip Currie] has done a commendable job in exploring the relationship between Ireland and his adopted country. [Canada and Ireland] is an excellent scholarly work.
~Tony McCulloch, University College London, The British Journal of Canadian Studies
This is a brilliant and much needed book. Currie is to be congratulated for focussing on the unrecognized and undiscussed issues in Canadian-Irish history and compiling such a balanced and sophisticated analysis. This will be a perfect text to accompany any Irish history course taught in Canada.
~Francis M. Carroll, University of Manitoba, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies