‘Incorrigibly plural’: recent histories of Ulster and Northern Ireland

Neil C. Fleming

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The historiography of twentieth-century Ulster and Northern Ireland has transformed dramatically in the last fifteen years; it is today, to borrow from Louis MacNeice, ‘incorrigibly plural’. 1 Within living memory the situation was very different. Amid the bloodiest years of the so-called Troubles, the Canadian historian, D.H. Akenson, claimed that ‘almost no serious attention has been devoted to Northern Ireland by historians, although there have been significant works by social scientists and members of the bar’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalTwentieth Century British History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Ulster
  • Northern Ireland
  • British history


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