Constitutionalism in Ireland, 1932–1938

National, Commonwealth, and International Perspectives

  • Donal K. Coffey

Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Donal K. Coffey
    Pages 41-82
  3. Donal K. Coffey
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-235

About this book


The first of two volumes, this book examines constitutionalism in Ireland in the 1930s. Donal K. Coffey places the document and its drafters in the context of a turbulent decade for the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and Europe. He considers a series of key issues leading up to its drafting, including the failure of the 1922 Constitution, the rise of nationalism in the 1920s and 1930s, and the abdication of Edward VIII. He sketches the drafting process, examines the roles of individual drafters and their intellectual influences, and considers the Constitution’s public reception, both domestically and internationally. This book illuminates a critical moment in Irish history and the confluence of national, Commonwealth, and international influences that gave rise to it, for scholars of Irish history as well as of legal, constitutional, and Commonwealth history more broadly.


Irish Constitutional History Irish constitutional history in the 1930s international constitutionalism constitutionalism in Ireland Irish constitutional culture Fianna Fail Constitution of the Irish Free State Ryan Vs. Lennon Abdication of King Edward VIII Abdication and the Commonwealth The Irish Free State and the Abdication Crisis John Hearne Eamon de Valera Fine Gael 1937 Irish Constitution Irish nationalism Commonwealth history Irish Free State

Authors and affiliations

  • Donal K. Coffey
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76236-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76237-1
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