Title

A Forgotten 'Greater Ireland': The Transatlantic Development of Irish Nationalism

Publication Date

2002

Journal

Scottish Geographical Journal

Volume

118

Issue

3

First Page

219

Last Page

234

Abstract

Although scholars have recently begun to question the manner in which nationalist temporal narratives are constructed, a similar analysis of nationalist spatial narratives has yet to occur. Instead scholarship often remains trapped within the territorial boundaries of the nation-state; the only ontologically given container of nationalism. In order to advance theoretical understanding of nationalism however, it is imperative that geographers break this sedentary spell, by beginning to map the interstitial historical-geographies of nation-building in the context of globalisation. Through an analysis of the transnational development of Irish nationalism in the second half of the nineteenth century in particular, this paper will illuminate the important role played by the diaspora and other transnational actors in the development of Irish nationalism in Ireland.

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