Irish and World Histories

Cover of RHR 143, Irish and World Histories, shows unfinished new homes being built on desolate landscape

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This issue challenges pre-existing conceptions about Irish historiography and where we situate Ireland within the global order. The issue thus provides new roadmaps for how we write the history of Ireland.

Empire and After José Brownrigg Gleason identifies linkages between national liberation in Ireland and Latin America. Kenneth Shonk studies how African nationalists looked to post-1922 Ireland as a model of postcolonial state-building. Kerron Ó Luain analyzes Irish-language activism in the 1970s as a subaltern phenomenon. Aidan Beatty explores the unwillingness of Stuart Hall and the British New Left to think critically about Ireland.

Race, Gender and Whiteness Ciaran O’Neill excavates a microhistory of racialized anthropologies of the Irish. Jimmy Yan theorizes about Irishness and settler-colonialism. Sarah Townsend re-narrates the contemporary history of Irish migration in the context of an ostensibly color-blind America. Michaela Appeltová surveys recent works in Irish gender history.

Global Political Economy Cathal Smith places rural Ireland into its world-systemic context. Patrick Doyle recounts the Irish Catholic influence on living wage debates. Aoife O’Leary McNeice considers the Famine as a case study in global charity.

Interventions Joe Cleary remembers the history of Irish postcolonial studies. Ebun Joseph interrogates the place and workings of whiteness in the Irish historical experience. Conor McCabe examines the intimate relations between Apple and Irish capitalism.

Cover image: “The Waterways, Keshcarrigan” from the series Ghost Estates by Valérie Amex