Acknowledgments -- Note on terminology -- Introduction: the Crown and national identity in the United Kingdom and British Empire -- National identity, Home Rule and the Ulster question. The Government of Ireland Bill ; Irish unionism and British nationality ; Constitutional Irish nationalism and the British Empire ; Cultural nationalism and Irishness ; Conclusion -- Ireland in 1914. The eve of war ; Nationalist reactions ; Unionist reactions ; The Irish national Volunteers: southern unionist and nationalist tensions ; The passing of the Home Rule Bill ; Conclusion -- The Great War and national identity, 1914-1916. Unionism, Britishness and the war ; The Irish Volunteer split ; The Irish Party and recruiting ; Nationalists and conscription ; Unionists and conscription ; Conclusion -- The Easter Rising and aftermath. The Easter Rising and cultural nationalism ; The Rising and the European war ; The impact of the Easter Rising in nationalist Ireland ; The 1916 talks and the decline of the Irish party ; Irish Unionism and the partition proposals ; Conclusion -- Loyalty and the Crown: Nationalist divisions and Unionist-Nationalist rapprochement, 1916-18. The rise of Sinn Fein ; Nationalists and the Crown: Sinn Fein and the Irish Party ; Nationalist and southern unionist rapprochement ; Ulster Unionist perceptions of nationalists and the war ; Conclusion -- The Irish Convention and the conscription crisis, 1917-18. The Irish Convention ; Nationalist and Southern Unionist agreement at the Irish Convention ; Ulster Unionist opposition ; The conscription crisis ; The end of the war: towards armed struggle ; Conclusion -- Conclusion. Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
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