Changing Land: Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War (Hardcover)
How diaspora activism in the Irish land movement intersected with wider radical and reform causesThe Irish Land War represented a turning point in modern Irish history, a social revolution that was part of a broader ideological moment when established ideas of property and land ownership were fundamentally challenged. The Land War was striking in its internationalism, and was spurred by links between different emigrant locations and an awareness of how the Land League's demands to lower rents, end evictions, and abolish "landlordism" in Ireland connected with wider radical and reform causes. Changing Land offers a new and original study of Irish emigrants' activism in the United States, Argentina, Scotland, and England and their multifaceted relationships with Ireland. Niall Whelehan brings unfamiliar figures to the surface and recovers the voices of women and men who have been on the margins of, or entirely missing from, existing accounts. Retracing their transnational lives reveals new layers of radical circuitry between Ireland and disparate international locations, and demonstrates how the land movement overlapped with different types of oppositional politics from moderate reform to feminism to revolutionary anarchism. By including Argentina, which was home to the largest Irish community outside the English-speaking world, this book addresses the neglect of developments in non-Anglophone places in studies of the "Irish world." Changing Land presents a powerful addition to our understanding of the history of modern Ireland and the Irish diaspora, migration, and the history of transnational radicalism.
Niall Whelehan is Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Strathclyde and author of The Dynamiters: Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World, 1867-1900.