The Irish Revolution: A Global History
Published by: NYU Press
Imprint: New York University Press
Sales Date: 2022-05-31
Published: May 2022
376 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 1 b/w illustration
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How the Irish Revolution was shaped by international actors and events
The Irish War of Independence is often understood as the culmination of centuries of political unrest between Ireland and the English. However, the conflict also has a vitally important yet vastly understudied international dimension. The Irish Revolution: A Global History reassesses the conflict as an inherently transnational event, examining how circumstances and individuals abroad shaped the course Ireland?s struggle for independence.
Bringing together leading international scholars of modern Ireland, its diaspora, and the British Empire, this volume discusses the Irish revolution in a truly global sense. The text situates the conflict in the wider context of the international flourishing of anti-colonial movements following World War I. Despite the differences between these movements, their proponents communicated extensively with each other, learning from and engaging with other revolutionaries in anti-imperial metropoles such as Paris, London, and New York. The contributors to this volume argue that Irish nationalists at home and abroad were intimately involved in this exchange, from mobilizing Ireland?s vast diaspora in support of Irish independence to engaging directly with radical causes elsewhere. The Irish Revolution is a vital work for all those interested in Irish history, providing a new understanding of Ireland?s place in the evolving postwar world.
"Featuring impressive new scholarship on the global dimensions of the Irish Revolution, Mannion and McGarry provide much needed coherence to this emergent but still diffuse and underdeveloped aspect of the historiography, resulting in a cutting-edge reader on a critical theme that currently lacks a single dedicated volume. Most impressively, The Irish Revolution features many neglected or virtually unknown international influences and comparative case studies, including Algerian, Egyptian, Korean, Panamanian, and African-American contexts, making it a novel contribution to our understanding of the international dimensions of anti-colonial (and colonial) discourses, networks, and responses to Irish events." Gavin Foster, author of The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class and Conflict
"A truly groundbreaking volume whose international contributions force a great reimagining of the Irish Revolution. A must-read for anyone interested in Irish history." Timothy McMahon, Marquette University
"A brilliant collection of essays, written by some of the leading authorities on the subject. The book takes us from Dublin to Delhi, from Algeria to Australia, and many other places in-between, and greatly enriches our understanding of the global repercussions and entanglements of what happened in Ireland between 1916 and 1922. Essential reading for anyone who is interested in the global interconnectedness of revolutionary struggle during this period." Robert Gerwarth, Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin