Mary Conley reviews four recent books that explore the historical and literary relationship between Ireland, India, and the British Empire. While two of the books examine literary connections between Ireland and India, another is a historical study of the intracolonial relationships between Irish and Indian nationalists in the first half of the twentieth century. The fourth book is an edited collection of essays drawn from the 2004 Galway Conference on Colonialism, which focused on the affinities between Ireland and India. Conley's review highlights the benefits and challenges of writing comparative studies of colonialism.
Book Review| May 01 2009
Ireland, India, and the British Empire: Intraimperial Affinities and Contested Frameworks
Tadhg Foley and Maureen O'Connor, eds., Ireland and India: Colonies, Culture, and Empire. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.; Julia M. Wright, Ireland, India, and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.; Kaori Nagai, Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India, and Ireland. Cork: Cork University Press, 2006.; Kate O'Malley, Ireland, India, and Empire: Indo-Irish Radical Connections, 1919 – 64. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008.
Radical History Review (2009) 2009 (104): 159–172.
Mary Conley; Ireland, India, and the British Empire: Intraimperial Affinities and Contested Frameworks. Radical History Review 1 January 2009; 2009 (104): 159–172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-2008-074
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