The Dominion of Ireland: The Anglo-Irish Treaty in an Imperial Context
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When the Irish negotiators journeyed to London in October 1921 in an attempt to end the Anglo-Irish war, they assumed that the Crown and partition would be the most difficult problems to resolve with their British counterparts. This quickly proved to be the case, as the discussions in London pivoted on Ireland's relationship to the empire and the political unity of the island. However, once the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, these two issues did not receive equal attention. With some significant exceptions—Seán MacEntee chief among them—partition was generally relegated to the back-burner by deputies during the Dáil debates.
Knirck, Jason K. “The Dominion of Ireland: The Anglo-Irish Treaty in an Imperial Context.” Éire-Ireland 42, no. 1 (2007): 229–55. https://doi.org/10.1353/eir.2007.0019.