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Ireland and the British Empire

Kevin Kenny


Modern Irish history was determined by the rise, expansion, and decline of the British Empire. British imperial history, from the age of Atlantic expansion to the age of decolonization, was moulded in part by Irish experience. But the nature of Ireland's position in the Empire has always been a matter of contentious dispute. Was Ireland a sister kingdom and equal partner in a larger British state? Or was it, because of its proximity and strategic importance, the Empire's most subjugated colony? Contemporaries disagreed strongly on these questions, and historians continue to do so. Questions of ... More

Keywords: Irish history, British Empire, Atlantic expansion, decolonization, Ascendancy rule, Act of Union, Irish Free State, Commonwealth, Irish nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Kenny, editor
Professor of History, Boston College
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