Special Issue: Beyond the Nation: Transnational Ireland
Volume 51, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2016
Guest Editors: Enda Delaney, University of Edinburgh Ciaran O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin

The history of modern Ireland has been typically studied, written, and taught within national confines. This has left us with a narrow interpretation of an island that was far more ‘open’ in the modern period than is generally admitted: culturally, economically, and socially. This is the paradox of Irish historiography, we are a small island with a huge nineteenth century out-migration, resulting in an engaged and constantly evolving relationship of that diaspora with domestic Irish society – and yet our history is overwhelmingly island-centred, national in focus, despite all statistical encouragement to look elsewhere. This special issue intends to reflect an interdisciplinary engagement with transnational flows of ideas, people, and things. Our purpose in editing this special issue is simply to illustrate through high quality scholarship the benefits of employing a transnational approach to the study of modern Ireland across a number of disciplines. This collection of work represents the start of a process rather than the end as we seek to locate Ireland in a global and transnational context in history, literature and languages.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Beyond the Nation
Enda Delaney, Ciaran O’Neill

The Languages of Transnationalism: Translation, Training, and Transfer
Anne O’Connor

Celebrating the Battle of the Saintes: Imperial News in England and Ireland, 1782
Jennifer McLaren

Before the Fenians: 1848 and the Irish Plot to Invade Canada
Shane Lynn

“Looking for That Pot of Gold”: The Transnational Life of Kevin Henry
Sara S. Goek

The Ulster Crisis in Transnational Perspective: Ulster Unionism and America, 1912–14
Lindsey Flewelling

Fenianism’s Bermuda Footprint: Revolutionary Nationalism in the Victorian Empire
Jerome Devitt

Transnationalism, Ireland, and The Bell
Niall Carson

“The Grandest Battle Ever Fought for the Rights of Human Beings”: Radical Republicanism and the Universalization of the Land War
Andrew Phemister

Irish Chicagoans, Nationalism, and the Commemoration of Rebellion in 1898
Richard Mc Mahon

Irish Legal Geographies in the Era of Emergency: Independent Ireland, Colonial Kenya, and the British Colonial Legal Service
Helen O’Shea

Roundtable Discussion: Teaching Transnational Irish History
Michael de Nie, Mo Moulton, Ciaran O’Neill, Enda Delaney


Transnational Perspectives

In October 2014, Routledge published Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish History, a new collection of essays edited by Niall Whelehan, one of the founding members of the network, and featuring contributions from several of the network’s participants.

This book explores the benefits and challenges of transnational history for the study of modern Ireland. In recent years the word “transnational” has become more and more conspicuous in history writing across the globe, with scholars seeking to move beyond national and local frameworks when investigating the past. Yet transnational approaches remain rare in Irish historical scholarship. This book argues that the broader contexts and scales associated with transnational history are ideally suited to open up new questions on many themes of critical importance to Ireland’s past and present. They also provide an important means of challenging ideas of Irish exceptionalism. The chapters included here open up new perspectives on central debates and events in Irish history. They illuminate numerous transnational lives, follow flows and ties across Irish borders, and trace networks and links with Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia and the British Empire. This book provides specialists and students with examples of different concepts and ways of doing transnational history. Non-specialists will be interested in the new perspectives offered here on a rich variety of topics, particularly the two major events in modern Irish history, the Great Irish Famine and the 1916 Rising.

“A transnational approach, properly conceptualized and disciplined, promises to offer the rising generation of historians of Ireland a potentially exciting intellectual and emotional escape route from the suffocating confines of ideologically inspired and conceptually vacuous perspectives. This is no petty ambition. To derive the full potential advantage of the approach requires transcending the comfortable insular assumptions in which so much of even the most intellectually impressive historiography of Ireland remains cocooned. More power to the pioneers.”
Professor Joe Lee, Director of Glucksman Ireland House, New York University

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction – Playing with Scales: Transnational History and Modern Ireland
Niall Whelehan

2. Friend, Foe or Family? Catholic Creoles, French Huguenots, Scottish Dissenters: Aspects of the Irish Diaspora at St. Croix, Danish West Indies, c.1760
Orla Power

3. Irish Politics and Labour: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives, 1798-1914
Kyle Hughes and Donald M. MacRaild

4. “And All My Great Hardships Endured”?: Irish Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land
Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

5. Count Cavour’s 1844 Thoughts on Ireland: Liberal Politics and Agrarian Reform Through Anglo-Italian Eyes
Enrico Dal Lago

6. Ireland’s Great Famine: A Transnational History
Enda Delaney

7. “The Perverted Graduates of Oxford”: Priestcraft, “Political Popery” and the Transnational Anti-Catholicism of Sir James Emerson Tennent
Jonathan Jeffrey Wright

8. Irish-Polish Solidarity: Irish Responses to the January Uprising of 1863-64 in Congress Poland
Róisín Healy

9. “A Land Beyond the Wave”: Transnational Perspectives on Easter 1916
Fearghal McGarry

10. Irish America Without Ireland: Irish-American Relations with Ireland in the Twentieth Century
Timothy J. Meagher

11. Returnees, Forgotten Foreigners and New Immigrants: Tracing Migratory Movement into Ireland Since the Late-Nineteenth Century
Irial Glynn