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Cian T. McMahon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620107

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620107.001.0001

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“Scarce a Battlefield from the North Pole to the South”

“Scarce a Battlefield from the North Pole to the South”

Irish Celts in the American Civil War, 1861–1865

(p.111) Chapter Four “Scarce a Battlefield from the North Pole to the South”
Global Dimensions of Irish Identity

Cian T. McMahon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how Irish people in the United States, Ireland, and abroad interpreted Irish participation in the American Civil War. It argues that, thanks in part to extensive worldwide press coverage of the conflict, the war solidified the Irish sense of themselves as an international community. There were two aspects to this wartime global nationalism. The first was an ethnic solidarity, which portrayed Irish Celts as a race of universal soldiers whose storied reputation for bravery and honor had been earned on countless battlefields across time and space. The second side of Irish global nationalism portrayed the war as part of a transnational ideological struggle.

Keywords:   Civil War, Irish Celts, international community, global nationalism, ethnic solidarity, transnational ideologies, press coverage

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