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Context? May 23, 2020

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

Got a gift of this and some other Unionist posters from the early 70’s yesterday. Just wondering was there any specific context why Czechoslovakia was used? It’s not a comparison I was familiar with.



1. GearóidGaillimh - May 23, 2020

Presumably a reference to the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968. Interesting to see it used in a unionist context. I have previously come across examples of observers during the period comparing the NI Civil Rights Movement to the Prague Spring.

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2. simon o'donnell - May 23, 2020

Or probably a reference to the carving up of Czechoslovakia in 1938 by Britain, France, Italy and Germany which took place behind the backs of the Czechs and the Soviet Union.

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Joe - May 23, 2020

Yes, I’d say a reference to the Nazi annexation of what the Nazis I think called the Sudetenlands. In 1938. Large minority of ethnic Germans in those parts of Czechoslovakia at that time. So unionists, with this poster, warning the south against trying to do anything like that with the north?

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EWI - May 23, 2020

Speaking of highly questionable takes on the North, here’s Eoghan Harris: https://twitter.com/dollywh72057454/status/1262485292688293890?s=21

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3. GearóidGaillimh - May 23, 2020

On searching the phrase ‘Ulster is nobody’s Czechoslovakia’ in the Irish Newspaper Archives, I think Simon and Joe are nearer the mark than my first instinct – apparently Craigavon made a speech in 1938 declaring that ‘Ulster is nobody’s Czechoslovakia’.

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Fergal - May 23, 2020

Yep, I’d go with the Sudetenland reference!
But where is Czechoslovakia in 2020… the dustbin of history…whither ‘Ulster’?

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4. Denis Casey - May 23, 2020

Ulster is one of the Four Provinces of Ireland.
There are nine counties in Ulster.
When Westminster created Northern Ireland it cherry picked only six of the nine counties of Ulster.
Gerrymandering etc etc.
Czechoslovakia is history.
Ulster is not the former Rhodesia and never considered a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the other three Provinces.
Ulster is not Czechoslovakia makes no present or historical sense.
Any thoughts on the Iranian tankers heading to Venezuela and possibly being intercepted on the high seas by US gunboats.


WorldbyStorm - May 23, 2020

Given there’s no UN embargo between Venezuela and Iran it’s difficult to see any US action as anything other than deeply problematic.


EWI - May 24, 2020

Ulster is not the former Rhodesia and never considered a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the other three Provinces.

Actually, UDI (and explicitly on the Rhodesian model) was a fond idea held by Ulster unionism for quite some time.


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