This review of Seamus Deane's posthumously published volume of essays, Small World: Ireland, 1798–2018, is also a preliminary effort to assess the career and intellectual importance of a major Irish scholar, critic, and public intellectual. While the essays gathered in Small World focus on Deane's lifelong contributions, critical and polemical, to the analysis of Irish culture and the Troubles (1969–98), they reveal Deane to have been a thoroughly cosmopolitan intellectual whose work on Ireland and colonialism is of global import.

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