New Edition of Centenaries Reading List Now Available

The front cover is illustrated with a pillar box with the monogram of King George V, on Dublin’s Westmoreland Street, and stamps over-printed with lettering for the Provisional Government and Irish Free State, thus representing continuity and change in that time.

The Church of Ireland Press Office writes:

An updated edition of Divided States: Irish Independence and its Aftermath 1918-1923, a reading list produced by the Church of Ireland’s Historical Centenaries Working Group, has been published online.  It sets out to guide all those who wish to study further an era in Irish history where, in both parts of the island, there are very different narratives and interpretations.

Divided States firstly covers the wider context of Irish history. It goes on to explore a number of more specialised topics: nationalism and unionism, events in Ireland in the crucial decade of 1913-1923, local studies, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Civil War, Partition and the development of Northern Ireland, the Southern Protestant community, and the role of women in the revolutionary era, alongside a number of personal perspectives.

It opens with a foreword by the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd John McDowell, and an introductory essay by his predecessor as Primate, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Clarke.  The working group, which is chaired by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Rt Revd Dr Paul Colton, is grateful to Mr George Woodman for his work in compiling and updating a representative selection of the historical literature of this period.

Divided States was first published in April 2019, and both the first edition and this new edition are available to read and download at

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