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Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880

Cian T. McMahon


Though Ireland is a relatively small island on the northeastern fringe of the Atlantic, 70 million people worldwide—including some 45 million in the United States—claim it as their ancestral home. This book explores the nineteenth-century roots of this transnational identity. Between 1840 and 1880, 4.5 million people left Ireland to start new lives abroad. Using primary sources from Ireland, Australia, and the United States, the book demonstrates how this exodus shaped a distinctive sense of nationalism. By doggedly remaining loyal to both their old and new homes, it argues, the Irish helped b ... More

Keywords: Ireland, transnational identity, Australia, United States, exodus, nationalism, Irish, citizenship, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469620107
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cian T. McMahon, author