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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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(p.114) 6 Ireland
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

David Harkness

Oxford University Press

The contribution of Ireland to the British Empire is not to be found solely in the annals of Ireland itself. The Irish in Ireland and the colonial citizens of Irish origin who flooded into the settlement colonies, or who helped to win, to administer, and to hold other colonial territories, were themselves often the source of nationalist inspiration where they settled or where their home struggles were observed as suitable for emulation. Those aspects of Ireland that stimulated national consciousness within the modern Empire is shown: a story that developed in the 19th century and grew in effectiveness and momentum into the 20th. Perhaps, fleeting reference should be made to the contribution of Ireland to Britishnesss itself, through the long interrelationship of the two islands, the constant traffic of their peoples, and the long sojourn of so many Irish on the larger island. It would seem to confirm that, while the bulk of Ireland is no longer a player in the game of Empire or Commonwealth, consideration of its contribution to both rightly continues.

Keywords:   Ireland, British Empire, Irish, Commonwealth, nationalist

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