'A Land Beyond the Wave': Transnational Perspectives on Easter 1916

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Despite the appeal and significance of nationalism as a near universal political force, Irish historians – in common with the historians of most nationalist movements – have struggled to analyse nationalism from beyond the perspective of the nation state. The reasons for this are varied, arising both from practical aspects, such as the availability and accessibility of sources, to more conceptual issues such as the resilience of the national perspective in the framing of historiographical narratives. This paper considers the Easter Rising as a case study in assessing how a transnational framework complicates traditional historiographical perspectives. Accounts of the Easter Rising generally interpret the rebellion within local, national, or international (particularly Anglo-Irish or imperial) frameworks. Interpretations that adopt a broader framework have tended to focus on international rather than transnational dimensions: the First World War context, revolutionary links with Germany, and the role of the United States. This paper assesses the potential of a transnational approach by analysing four aspects of the Rising: the significance of the transnational movement of people prior to the event; the influence of the transnational circulation of political ideas; the impact of transnational cultural currents in shaping the framing of revolutionary ideals; and the impact of the Rising on Irish nationalist communities beyond Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Perspectives on Modern Irish History
EditorsNiall Whelehan
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315867274
ISBN (Print)9780415719803
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Modern History


  • transnational
  • Easter Rising
  • Ireland


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