Which Side Are You On? Political Violence and Partition in Ireland 1920-1921
46 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 27, 2015
Analysis of a quasi-natural experiment produced by the circumstances of the 1921 partition of Ireland reveals that although partition did significantly decrease violence against civilians on Northern Ireland's side of the border as compared to the Irish Free State side, violence against civilians in the border areas as a whole increased. Using an original dataset of political violence incidents during the Irish War of Independence, this paper offers the first causally identified micro-level examination of the dynamics of political violence and partition in that conflict.
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