Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire: Ireland, India and the Politics of Alfred Webb

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

byJennifer Regan

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The first biography of Alfred Webb, Irish nationalist and president of the 1894 Indian National Congress. The biography explores how Webb viewed nationalism as a vehicle for global social justice. Drawing on archives in Britain, Ireland and India the author reveals how Irish and Indians used cosmopolitan London to create networks across the Empire.

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The first biography of Alfred Webb, Irish nationalist and president of the 1894 Indian National Congress. The biography explores how Webb viewed nationalism as a vehicle for global social justice. Drawing on archives in Britain, Ireland and India the author reveals how Irish and Indians used cosmopolitan London to create networks acros...

JENNIFER REGAN  completed her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. Recent publications include For the Liberty of Ireland at Home and Abroad: The Autobiography of J .F. X. O’Brien (edited).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.67 × 5.59 × 0.77 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230220851

ISBN - 13:9780230220850

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“An immensely readable and valuable addition to Irish, imperial and Victorian historiography. Regan-Lefebvre’s findings are fresh and unexpected. Her account of Webb’s Indian National Congress presidency, although clearly the high point of his life and this book, is honest in its anti-climactic portrayal. Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire, although presented as biography of a peripheral Irish political figure, delivers much more than it promises: a room with a cosmopolitan view.” —Kate O’Malley, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History"The academic community is deeply in debt to Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre for this well-researched and nuanced study. Webb’s career ‘reveals the fabric of multicultural social relations in late nineteenth-century Britain, in which individuals from the periphery of the British Empire met at the imperial core and found an international context to their nationalism’. Regan-Lefebvre has produced an important contribution to the study of Victorian Irish and Imperial radicalism." —Eugenio F. Biagini, English Historical Review