Event Title

The Fragile Sovereign? Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Conscription in Northern Ireland, 1938-1946

Presenter Information

Connor Jerzak, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A255

Start Date

4-25-2014 4:00 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 5:15 PM

Abtract

This thesis examines conflicts that emerged during WWII over the introduction of military conscription to Northern Ireland. Through my review of primary documents written between 1938 and 1946 by leaders in Northern Ireland, the Irish Free State, and Great Britain, I argue that debate over conscription provided a venue for elites in and around Northern Ireland to define the nature of citizenship existing within this space. The conscription issue compelled actors in Northern Ireland to articulate their views on citizenship, perhaps in the most elaborate form since the territory’s creation as a political entity.

Notes

Session III, Panel 15 - Sovereignty and Civility: Reflections on Conflict and Identity in Ireland, Jordan, and Chile
Moderator: Kristina Mani, Associate Professor of Politics

Major

History

Advisor(s)

Annemarie Sammartino, History

Project Mentor(s)

Annemarie Sammartino, History

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The Fragile Sovereign? Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Conscription in Northern Ireland, 1938-1946

Science Center, A255

This thesis examines conflicts that emerged during WWII over the introduction of military conscription to Northern Ireland. Through my review of primary documents written between 1938 and 1946 by leaders in Northern Ireland, the Irish Free State, and Great Britain, I argue that debate over conscription provided a venue for elites in and around Northern Ireland to define the nature of citizenship existing within this space. The conscription issue compelled actors in Northern Ireland to articulate their views on citizenship, perhaps in the most elaborate form since the territory’s creation as a political entity.