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Irish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish Race

Bruce Nelson


This is a book about Irish nationalism and how Irish nationalists developed their own conception of the Irish race. The book begins with an exploration of the discourse of race—from the nineteenth-century belief that “race is everything” to the more recent argument that there are no races. It focuses on how English observers constructed the “native” and Catholic Irish as uncivilized and savage, and on the racialization of the Irish in the nineteenth century, especially in Britain and the United States, where Irish immigrants were often portrayed in terms that had been applied mainly to enslave ... More

Keywords: Irish nationalism, Irish nationalists, Irish race, Catholic Irish, Irish immigrants, Ireland, Irish nationhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153124
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Nelson, author
Dartmouth College