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.
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About the Author
Patrick Mannion is Research Fellow in Irish History at the University of Edinburgh, where he works on the AHRC-funded project A Global History of Irish Revolution, 1916–23. He is the author of the prize-winning book A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880–1923.
Fearghal McGarry (Editor)
Fearghal McGarry is Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He has authored and edited many books, including The Rising—Ireland: Easter 1916, Eoin O’Duffy: A Self-Made Hero, and Remembering 1916. The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland.
Table of Contents
Introduction Patrick Mannion Fearghal McGarry 1
Part 1 Revolutionary Worlds
1 Beyond "Slavish" Imitation: The Politics of Cultural Authenticity and the Global Struggle Against Empire Martyn Frampton 33
2 "The Ireland of the Far East?" The Wilsonian Moment in Korea and Ireland Fearghal McGarry 61
3 "Playing at International Politics?" Irish Nationalist Responses to the Russian Revolution, 1917-1921 Anna Lively 93
4 "The Example of Valiant Little Ireland": The Irish Revolution in Algerian Nationalist Thought Dónal Hassett 116
Part 2 Diaspora
5 Inventing Global Ireland: The Idea, and Influence, of the Irish Race Convention Darragh Gannon 145
6 "A Most Obnoxious Campaign Against Everything British": The Curious Case of the Friends of Irish Freedom in the Panama Canal Zone, 1918-1921 Patrick Mannion 170
7 The Generation that Lost: The Ulster Bank, Ardara, County Donegal, 16 June 1921, and Long After, and Far Away Breandán Mac Suibhne 193
Part 3 Imperial Perspectives
8 British Imperial Intelligence and Anticolonial Revolutionaries during and after the Great War Michael Silvestri 239
9 Wars, Dominions, and Monarchy: The Transnational Imperial Context of Ireland's Revolution, 1916-1922 Heather Jones 262
Part 4 Radical Lives, Global Networks
10 Neither Lenin nor Wilson: The Evolving Anti-imperialism of Three Women of the Transatlantic Irish Left, 1916-1923 Elizabeth McKillen 289
11 W E. B. Du Bois and the Irish Revolution: Anticolonial Activism in New York, 1916-1921 David Brundage 316
12 "Ireland Should Be Free, Even as Africa Shall Be Free": Marcus Garvey's Irish Influences Miriam Nyhan Grey 335
About the Editors 353
About the Contributors 355