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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter attempts a broad historical and historiographical survey of relations between Irish history and that of the British Empire—both of Ireland as subject to English, then British conquest and colonization, and Irish roles in British imperial expansion, plus Irish people’s ambivalent place in the formation of what many historians now call the ‘British World’. It concludes that, whilst there has been a remarkable and welcome recent expansion in our knowledge of all these themes, and whilst debate on them is less polarized than was once the case, there remains much to be discovered.

Keywords: British World, empire, colonialism, settlement, diaspora

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