Ireland and Empire: Colonial Legacies in Irish History and Culture

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byStephen Howe

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A growing band of historians, political commentators, and cultural critics has sought to analyse Ireland's past and present in colonial terms. For some, including Irish Republicans, it is the only proper framework for understanding Ireland. Others reject the very use of the colonial label forIreland's history; while using the term for the present arouses outrage, especially amongst Ulster Unionists. This book evaluates and analuses these controversies, ranging from debates over the ancient and medieval past to those in current literary and postcolonial theory. Scholarly, at timespolemical, it is the most comprehensive study of these themes ever to appear, and will undoubtedly stimulate discussion for years to come.

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A growing band of historians, political commentators, and cultural critics has sought to analyse Ireland's past and present in colonial terms. For some, including Irish Republicans, it is the only proper framework for understanding Ireland. Others reject the very use of the colonial label forIreland's history; while using the term for ...

Stephen Howe is at Ruskin College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199249903

ISBN - 13:9780199249909

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Contexts and Concepts3. The Past in the Present4. Irish Nationalists and the Colonial Image5. British Imperialists and Their Critics6. Chroniclers and Revisionists7. Colonialism, Criticism, and Cultural Theory8. The Irish Republic as Postcolonial Polity9. Northern Ireland after 1968: An Anticolonial Struggle?10. Ulster Unionism: A Colonial Culture?11. Comparative Perspectives12. ConclusionsBibliography, Index

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`should be read by anyone interested in understanding the ways in which historians, literary critics, political scientists, politicans and propagandists have perceived Ireland's past and present...a stimulating discussion.'English Historical Review