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1. John M. Regan and Mike Cronin, 'Introduction: Ireland and the politics of independence 1922-49, new perspectives and re-considerations', in Cronin Regan (ed), Ireland: the politics of independence, (Basingstoke 2000) 1-12, esp. 4.

2. Declan Kiberd, Inventing Ireland: the literature of the modern nation (London 1996).

3. Anthony D. Smith, Myths and memories of the nation, (Oxford 1999) 3-55, esp. 19; National identity, (London 1991) 175.

4. It may be significant that despite his highly impressive bibliography, Howe does not assimilate some recent work which has applied Anthony Smith's theories of nationalism to the Atlantic archipelago: Mark Suzman, Ethnic nationalism and state power: the rise of Irish nationalism, Afrikaner nationalism and Zionism, (Basingstoke 1999); Graeme Morton, Unionist-nationalism: governing urban Scotland, 1830-1860, (Phantassie, East Lothian, 1999).

5. Craig Calhoun, Nationalism, (Buckingham 1997) esp. 3.

6. See Anthony Smith's discussion in relation to European unity in Myths and memories, 225-51.

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