Renegotiating Ireland, transnational history, and settler colonialism in White Australia unsettling Greater Ireland?

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Yan, Jimmy H.. (2022). Renegotiating Ireland, transnational history, and settler colonialism in White Australia unsettling Greater Ireland? Radical History Review. 2022(143), pp. 109-124. https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-9566132
AuthorsYan, Jimmy H.
Abstract

Efforts to transcend island histories in Irish historiography have predominantly centered a narration of white settler pasts as an outer boundary of Irish history. This article works through the disjunctions between differently situated transnational turns in Irish and Australian historiographies by interrogating metaphors of extension, including “Greater Ireland” in the former historiography. It proposes that to decenter the nation as a historical unit, transnational Irish history requires a critical tension with white settler, and not only Irish, methodological nationalisms. The article surveys the critical possibilities presented by the transnational turn in Irish historiography while questioning its limits, with attention to the paradigm of a transnational Irish revolution. It then flags possible directions for a closer dialogue between transnational Irish history and postnational historiographies of white settler colonialism. An unsettling of discrete historiographical boundaries remains a necessary condition for tracing histories of Ireland beyond, below, and outside the nation.

Keywordstransnational history; Ireland; Australia; settler colonialism; whiteness
Year2022
JournalRadical History Review
Journal citation2022 (143), pp. 109-124
PublisherDuke University Press
ISSN0163-6545
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-9566132
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85134603361
Page range109-124
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Online2022
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Deposited11 Jul 2023
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