constitutional nationalist leaders, John Redmond, John Dillon and Joe Devlin. This book argues that, on the contrary, the era of violence provoked by Sinn F--eacute--;in's 1918 general election victory was the primary cause of partition so far as actions on the nationalist side were concerned.
Hepburn also suggests that the exclusively Catholic Ancient Order of Hibernians was in fact less sectarian than Sinn F--eacute--;in, and that Devlin's practical contribution to the improvement of working-class conditions was more substantial than that of his republican socialist contemporaries. Too much Irish history has been written from the standpoint of the winners. This book, as well as detailing the life of an important but neglected individual in the context of a social history of Catholic
Belfast, offers a general re-interpretation of Irish political history between the 1890s and the 1930s from the perspective of the losers. -
Keywords: HISTORY / General HIS000000