Emigrants and Exiles

Emigrants and Exiles : Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America

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From the 1660s to the early 1900s, no fewer than seven million people emigrated from Ireland to North America. This vast flow at once reflected and compelled enormous social changes on both sides of the Atlantic. In this book Miller chronicles the momentous causes of the Irish emigration and its far-reaching impact - on the people themselves, on the land they left behind, and on the new one they came to. Drawing on enormous original research, Miller focuses on the thought and behaviour of the "ordinary" Irish emigrants, Catholic and Protestant, as revealed in their personal letters, diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as in their songs, poems, and folklore. Monumental in scope, Emigrants and Exiles embraces all the successive waves of Irish emigration, illuminating their differences as well as their common bonds.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 34mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195051874
  • 9780195051872
  • 819,737

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Kerby Miller has written what is likely to remain for some time the standard work on Irish emigration to the United States. His book is a prime example of the detailed, myth-shattering Irish historical literature of the 1980s. Both in the quality of its argument and in its vast range of interesting detail it constitutes a considerable achievement. * Michael A. Hopkinson, University of Stirling, Irish Historical Studies * remarkable book ... a prodigiously researched account of one of the great folk movements of history * Michael Heale, TLS * This is the most important book on Irish emigration to appear in a generation, and it is destined to be the monument by which all others are measured. * Irish America * This is a truly monumental work of scholarship. * Sunday Times * a very readable treatment of this theme ... vivid pictures spike his documentary which bring to recognition, if only for a moment, the ordinary figuresshow more

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The most important book on Irish emigration to appear in a generation...destined to be the monument by which all others are measured..... It has the sinew of scholarship, the strength of extended argument and the intimacy of a correspondence with long lost relatives.show more

About Kerby A. Miller

Kerby A. Miller is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia.show more

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