The origins of Northern Ireland as a distinct entity are of great importance for the study of Irish history, the British constitution, and Anglo-Irish relations, but this subject has never been tackled in great depth. In this diligent and detailed account, Follis makes up for this oversight. He examines the turbulent early years of Northern Ireland, tracing its emergence and establishment and examining how it survived in the face of widespread communal violence, near bankruptcy, and political uncertainty, exacerbated by problematical relations with the governments in Westminster and Dublin. The highly controversial subject matter is carefully analysed, and if a particular standpoint emerges at its conclusion it is the result of an extremely lucid piece of research. This subject is of vital importance and relevance to anyone wishing to understand the current Northern Ireland problem.
`a timely and provocative contribution. ..His is a detailed and carefully researched study...Highly recommended...'
`This is the most detailed study to date of the formation and ealy years of the Northern Ireland state. Its author has worked diligently through government archives in Belfas, London and Dublin'
`well researched and contain impressive documentary evidence ... based on sound scholarly research of much relevant source material, and it correctly challenges some of the unsubstantial criticisms of the Northern Ireland government'
Joost Augusteijn, University of Belfast, Irish Historical Studies
`There is too much fascinating information in his book to even hint at ... an alternative assessment of the origins of Northern Ireland is very much to be welcomed.'
Alwyn Thomson, lion & lamb