Edited by Miriam Nyhan Grey
Forward by J.J. Lee
"No America, no New York, no Easter Rising. Simple as that." - J.J. Lee
During the Easter of 1916, in the middle of the war in Europe, a rebellion took place in Ireland that sowed the seeds for the establishment of an Irish state independent of Britain. A seminal event in Irish history - the equivalent of America's 4 July - the Easter Rising had significant implications for other imperial relationships. By invoking the spirit of her 2.3 million 'exiled children in America', the rebels in Dublin proclaimed a new Republic one of whose role-models was the United States of America. As the Allies increasingly sought American support, Anglo-American relations were pressed on the Irish question and on Britain's role in determining the fate of her small nation neighbour. Renowned historian J. J. Lee has observed, 'No America, no New York, no Easter Rising. Simple as that.' Ireland's Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising interrogates that assertion by placing the Rising in a transnational and transatlantic setting, thereby making a new contribution to the historiography of modem Ireland, to our understanding of ethnic allegiances in neutral America, and to the mechanics of revolutionary networks and diaspora nationalism.Irish cultural and political nationalists had worked assiduously for years to mobilise American opinion against the British presence in Ireland. Indeed, the United States of America provided an important post-colonial republican model and the Irish were cognisant of that revolutionary legacy. Twenty-four scholars, from a variety of disciplines and including a foreword by Joe Lee, excavate the ways in which the United States was a critical theatre of war in Ireland's journey towards independence. It is the first work to assess the range and depth of American interest in self- government for Ireland in the two decades preceding the Rising and the first to contextualise the actions and motives of hitherto overlooked American-based individuals and organisations that made up a dynamic nationalist landscape abroad.
Co-published between UCD Press and Glucksman Ireland House of New York University.
Miriam Nyhan Grey is Associate Director of Glucksman Ireland House NYU where she is also Director of Graduate Studies for the Irish and Irish-American Studies programme. She earned her Ph.D. in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute after having undertaken a MPhil at University College Cork (NUI). She hosts the weekly Glucksman Ireland House NYU Radio Hour on WNYE 91.5 FM. An avid proponent of oral history, she has been recording interviews in Ireland, England and the United States since 2000. With an interest in the intersections of migration, race and ethnicity, her focus has been on migrant experiences in comparative settings.
J. J. Lee is Director of Glucksman Ireland House, Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, and Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of the award-winning Ireland 1912-1985: Politics and Society.
Copies of Ireland's Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising are available via the UCD Press website, online, and at most major booksellers.