Ireland's New Worlds: Immigrants, Politics, And Society In The United States And Australia, 1815…

Paperback | November 14, 2007

byMalcolm Campbell

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In the century between the Napoleonic Wars and the Irish Civil War, more than seven million Irish men and women left their homeland to begin new lives abroad. While the majority settled in the United States, Irish emigrants dispersed across the globe, many of them finding their way to another “New World,” Australia.
    Ireland’s New Worlds is the first book to compare Irish immigrants in the United States and Australia. In a profound challenge to the national histories that frame most accounts of the Irish diaspora, Malcolm Campbell highlights the ways that economic, social, and cultural conditions shaped distinct experiences for Irish immigrants in each country, and sometimes in different parts of the same country. From differences in the level of hostility that Irish immigrants faced to the contrasting economies of the United States and Australia, Campbell finds that there was much more to the experiences of Irish immigrants than their essential “Irishness.” America’s Irish, for example, were primarily drawn into the population of unskilled laborers congregating in cities, while Australia’s Irish, like their fellow colonialists, were more likely to engage in farming. Campbell shows how local conditions intersected with immigrants’ Irish backgrounds and traditions to create surprisingly varied experiences in Ireland’s new worlds. 

“Well conceived and thoroughly researched . . . . This clearly written, thought-provoking work fulfills the considerable ambitions of comparative migration studies.”—Choice

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In the century between the Napoleonic Wars and the Irish Civil War, more than seven million Irish men and women left their homeland to begin new lives abroad. While the majority settled in the United States, Irish emigrants dispersed across the globe, many of them finding their way to another “New World,” Australia.     Ireland’s New W...

Malcolm Campbell is associate professor of history at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 14, 2007Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299223345

ISBN - 13:9780299223342

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“One of the unfulfilled pieties of the academic history profession is that more transnational and comparative history needs to be done. Malcolm Campbell actually does transnational history, and quite brilliantly.”—Donald Harman Akenson, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario