Monday 23 October 2017

Vision of self-sufficiency cedes to economics

Ronan Fanning

In part two of our analysis of 80 years of the Irish State, Ronan Fanning traces our path from independence to interdependence

THE history of independent Ireland since the foundation of the Irish Free State is inextricably bound up with the evolving relationship between Ireland and Britain.

It falls into three phases: first, the achievement of independence from Britain embodied in but restricted by the Treaty of December 6, 1921; second, the removal of these restrictions and the affirmation of independence in the Second World War; third, the transition to an admission of interdependence, not only with Britain but with the rest of Europe.

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