Ireland and empire
: Colonial cultures and politics, 1882-1898

  • Feargal O'Leary

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis broadly surveys the cultural, economic and political impact of the British Empire on Irish society in the late nineteenth century. Case studies are used to assess aspects of Ireland’s experience of empire. Two periods of major British imperial activity are examined: the Egyptian and Sudanese crises of 1882-85, and the reconquest of the Sudan, 1896-98. The timing of these events are crucial from an Irish perspective; they occurred after the tumultuous Land War, and before the second Boer War, the latter significantly influenced Irish nationalist attitudes towards empire. Responses in Ireland are considered along with responses in Britain for comparative purposes. The project seeks to make a contribution to the history of Ireland and the British Empire in the late nineteenth century.

Thesis embargoed until 31 December 2027.
Date of AwardDec 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorKeith Jeffery (Supervisor)

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