Irish Nationalists in America

Irish Nationalists in America : The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998

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In this important work of deep learning and insight, David Brundage gives us the first full-scale history of Irish nationalists in the United States. Beginning with the brief exile of Theobald Wolfe Tone, founder of Irish republican nationalism, in Philadelphia on the eve of the bloody 1798 Irish rebellion, and concluding with the role of Bill Clinton's White House in the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, Brundage tells a story of more two hundred years of Irish American (and American) activism in the cause of Ireland. The book, though, is far more than a narrative history of the movement. Brundage also effectively weaves into his account a number of the analytical themes and perspectives that have transformed the study of nationalism over the last two decades. The most important of these perspectives is the "imagined" or "invented" character of nationalism. A second theme is the relationship of nationalism to the waves of global migration from the early nineteenth century to the present and, more precisely, the relationship of nationalist politics to the phenomenon of political exile. Finally, the work is concerned with Irish American nationalists' larger social and political vision, which sometimes expanded to embrace causes such as the abolition of slavery, women's rights, or freedom for British colonial subjects in India and Africa, and at other times narrowed, avoiding or rejecting such "extraneous concerns and connections. All of these themes are placed within a thoroughly transnational framework that is one of the book's most important contributions. Irish nationalism in America emerges from these pages as a movement of great resonance and power. This is a work that will transform our understanding of the experience of one of America's largest immigrant groups and of the phenomenon of diasporic or "long-distance" nationalism more more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 172 x 241 x 24mm | 590g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 illus.
  • 019533177X
  • 9780195331776
  • 1,130,557

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This is an ambitious book ... overall this book is an excellent addition to both transnational history and the place of the Irish in American society. * Dr. Gillian O'Brien, Journal of American Studies * Brundage succeeds in providing a readable and persuasive analysis that draws on an impressive body of research while addressing the diverse secondary literature on the topic ... This will be the starting point for future studies of Irish nationalism in the US for some time. Brundage ties together a long and complex history by close attention to the people and personal conflicts involved. He is also thoroughly familiar with the secondary literature. The book will work well in courses on Irish history as well as on Irish America and the Irish diaspora generally. The bibliography is a resource in itself. * CHOICE *show more

About David Brundage

David Brundage is Professor of History at University of California, Santa Cruz. He's the author of The Making of Western Labor Radicalism: Denver's Organized Workers, 1878-1905 and co-author of Who Built America?: Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture & more

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