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Ireland and America

Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty
Edited by Patrick Griffin and Francis D. Cogliano

BUY Cloth · 356 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813946016 · $49.50 · Jul 2021
BUY Ebook · 356 pp. · ISBN 9780813946023 · $37.50 · Jul 2021

Looking at America through the Irish prism and employing a comparative approach, leading and emerging scholars of early American and Atlantic history interrogate anew the relationship between imperial reform and revolution in Ireland and America, offering fascinating insights into the imperial whole of which both places were a part. Revolution would eventually stem from the ways the Irish and Americans looked to each other to make sense of imperial crisis wrought by reform, only to ultimately create two expanding empires in the nineteenth century in which the Irish would play critical roles.

Contributors Rachel Banke, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy * T. H. Breen, University of Vermont * Trevor Burnard, University of Hull * Nicholas Canny, National University of Ireland, Galway * Christa Dierksheide, University of Virginia * Matthew P. Dziennik, United States Naval Academy * S. Max Edelson, University of Virginia * Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University * Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire * Robert G. Ingram, Ohio University * Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia * Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello * Jessica Choppin Roney, Temple University * Gordon S. Wood, Brown University


It was an age of revolution, it was an age of empire: above all, the late eighteenth century was an Age of Tumult not only in the Atlantic world but further afield. Taking Ireland as its point of departure, these outstanding - and provocative - essays from leading historians of colonial British America and of Ireland explore, investigate and interrogate the linkages, similarities and contrasts between the Irish and American resistance to, and embrace of, empire.

Thomas Bartlett, University of Aberdeen · Ireland: A History

An important contribution to our growing understanding that America’s revolution was one among many, shedding a comparative light on the definition and operation of imperial themes in Irish and American history

Peter Thompson, University of Oxford · Rum Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

About the Author(s): 

Francis D. Cogliano is Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh and author of Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy.

Patrick Griffin is Madden-Hennebry Family Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and author of The Ties That Bind: A Study of the Age of Revolution.

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