The emergence of conjoined nationalisms and regionalisms in the British Isles

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This chapter suggests that nationalisms and regionalisms in the British Isles are conjoined. That is, they arose in dialogue with one another, and influenced one another in making cultural and political claims on their shared state. While these nations and regions shared a common state in the nineteenth century, they were administered in distinct ways, which had a bearing on the timing, character and strength of their nationalisms and regionalisms. The chapter first distinguishes nationalism and regionalism before reviewing the union settlements that characterised political rule. The emergence of home rule movements in the late nineteenth century in response to deficiencies in that rule is the focus of the next section. Devolution, both in its administrative and legislative forms, as state policy and as political aspiration is then explored through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conclusion offers a reflection on the emergence of conjoined nationalisms and regionalisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegionalism and Modern Europe
Subtitle of host publicationIdentity Construction and Movements from 1890 to the Present Day
EditorsXosé M. Núñez Seixas, Eric Storm
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781474275217, 9781474275231, 9781474275224
ISBN (Print)9781474275200, 9781474275194
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018


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