A Greater Ireland; The Land League and Transatlantic Nationalism in Gilded Age America.

Author:Jenkins, Julia
Position:Book review

Ely M. Janis; A GREATER IRELAND; University of Wisconsin Press (Nonfiction: History) 34.95 ISBN: 9780299301248

Byline: Julia Jenkins

Scholarly examinations of a political movement delve into the nature of the Irish American identity.

A Greater Ireland: The Land League and Transatlantic Nationalism in Gilded Age America, by Ely M. Janis, is a concise, meticulously researched examination of one specific thread in a shared Irish and Irish American history: the Irish National Land League of the 1880s. This organization spanned the globe, uniting citizens of both Ireland and the United States in pursuing Irish land reform and self-rule, and had lasting repercussions for Irish American identity and political involvement.

The concept of a "Greater Ireland" refers to the interchange of ideas and support between Irish and Irish Americans in a single transatlantic community, and the contributions of that community to the definition of Irish American nationalism. Focusing on leaders of that Greater Ireland, including Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Davitt, and John Devoy, Janis follows the birth of the Land League, which offered unique and unprecedented opportunities for input from two important groups: working-class radicals and Irish American women. Janis also tracks three divergent strands within the movement: conservatism, physical force, and radical nationalism. The Land...

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