Title

Absence makes the heart grow fonder: transatlantic Irish nationalism and the 1867 Rising

Publication Date

2005

Journal

Social & Cultural Geography

Volume

6

Issue

3

First Page

439

Last Page

454

Abstract

While nationalist temporal narratives continue to be demythologized, relatively little comparative work has been done to demythologize nationalist spatial narratives. Consequently, the theorizing of nationalism often remains safely corralled within the territorial boundaries of a respective nation-state. In order to advance theoretical understandings of nationalism, it is imperative that geographers break this sedentary spell. This paper seeks to do just that, through analysis of a particularly vehement brand of nineteenth-century Irish nationalism known as Fenianism, and by revealing the crucial role that the Irish diaspora played in the transatlantic development of Irish nationalism.

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