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date: 10 December 2019

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Modern Irish history was profoundly shaped by the movement of people, primarily out of Ireland to other societies but also by those who settled on the island. This chapter considers the effect of mass migration on modern Ireland since 1600, paying attention to immigration as well as emigration, but with a heavy emphasis on movement out of Ireland, especially from the late eighteenth century onwards. It stresses the inherent diversity of the Irish diaspora across time and space, focusing on the wider worlds which the diasporic Irish inhabited. A core argument is that the diaspora must be located within a transnational framework, seeking to understand changes both within Ireland itself and the centres of Irish settlement. It also incorporates a historiographical review of the writing on this subject, noting new trends and significant lines of inquiry.

Keywords: Migration, Diaspora, Transnational, Irish, Identity

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