Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford History of the by Kevin Kenny

By Kevin Kenny

This can be the 1st accomplished heritage of eire and the British Empire. It examines different levels of Ireland's colonial prestige from the 17th century till the current, in addition to the effect of Irish humans, politics, and nationalism at the Empire at huge. the result's a brand new interpretation of Irish historical past and its position within the upward thrust, enlargement, and decline of the British Empire.

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But it was through the revivalist movement—in both the English and the Irish languages—that nationalism at the turn of the century assumed much of its form, content, and power. Irish nationalism emerged triumphant in the period 1912–21, commencing with the introduction of the third Home Rule Bill and concluding with the creation of the Free State. When the Home Rule Bill was introduced in April 1912, Ireland came close to civil war. Two paramilitary forces, the Ulster Volunteer Force in the north and the Irish Volunteers in 36 See below, p.

It should also be noted that, contrary to expedient nationalist interpretations at the time and subsequently, mass emigration produced many economic beneWts, not only to those who materially improved their lives abroad, but also to those who stayed behind, by reducing social tensions and competition for scarce resources, enriching commercial farmers and allowing them to consolidate their holdings, creating international trade and family networks, and ensuring a steady inward Xow of funds from abroad.

82. , OHBE. Vol. III. The Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 1999), p. 494. 21 Ibid. , p. 510; John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson, ‘The Imperialism of Free Trade’, Economic History Review, Second Series, VI (1953), pp. 1–15. 20 ireland and the british empire: an introduction 11 Westminster, including some Catholics after 1829; yet this Irish participation in metropolitan governance had emerged only through the abolition of a separate Dublin Parliament by the Act of Union. And, even if Ireland was not oYcially ruled as a colony, its administration had distinctly colonial elements, including a separate executive in Dublin Castle with a Chief Secretary and a Lord-Lieutenant.

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