Introduction: a global history of the Irish Revolution

Enda Delaney, Fearghal McGarry

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How might the history of Ireland's revolution be reassessed if viewed within a transnational, comparative or global framework? Drawing attention to recent writing on the subject, this introduction considers the conceptual and historiographical issues at stake in reframing the history of the Irish Revolution, as well as considering potential limitations to these approaches. We assess what topics in particular lend themselves to a fresh perspective focusing on Irish nationalism, while also indicating areas where there is considerable scope for new lines of inquiry. In this era of intensive commemoration of the events that unfolded between 1912 and 1923, this special issue serves to remind us that the history of the revolution should not be confined to the island of Ireland. We argue that thinking transnationally and comparatively can promote a more inclusive and diverse global history of Irish Revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalIrish Historical Studies
Issue number165
Early online date11 Aug 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 11 Aug 2020


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