Transnational perspectives on modern Irish history

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Abstract

This book explores the benefits and challenges of transnational history for the study of modern Ireland. In recent years the word "transnational" has become more and more conspicuous in history writing across the globe, with scholars seeking to move beyond national and local frameworks when investigating the past. Yet transnational approaches remain rare in Irish historical scholarship. This book argues that the broader contexts and scales associated with transnational history are ideally suited to open up new questions on many themes of critical importance to Ireland’s past and present. They also provide an important means of challenging ideas of Irish exceptionalism. The chapters included here open up new perspectives on central debates and events in Irish history. They illuminate numerous transnational lives, follow flows and ties across Irish borders, and trace networks and links with Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia and the British Empire. This book provides specialists and students with examples of different concepts and ways of doing transnational history. Non-specialists will be interested in the new perspectives offered here on a rich variety of topics, particularly the two major events in modern Irish history, the Great Irish Famine and the 1916 Rising.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge-Cavendish
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)9780415719803
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in modern history
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, Historiography, History, Ireland, Transnationalism

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