Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912-1925
Published: January 2013© 2013
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 296 Pages
Dimensions: 6.06 x 8.93
296 Pages, 6.06 x 8.93 x 0.73 in
Between 1912 and 1925, Ireland convulsed with political and revolutionary upheaval in pursuit of self-government. Canadians of Irish descent, both Catholic and Protestant, diligently followed these conflicts, and many became actively involved in the dramatic events overseas.
Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence tells the unique story of how Irish Canadians identified with their ancestral homeland during this revolutionary era. Drawing on ethnic weekly newspapers and fraternal society records, Robert McLaughlin finds new interpretations of how Orange Canadian unionists and Irish Canadian nationalists viewed their heritage, their membership in the British Empire, and even Canadian citizenship itself.
McLaughlin also provides strong evidence that neither time nor distance diminished Irish Canadians' attachment to their familial homeland or their identification with their respective ethnic communities in Ireland. Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence reconsiders existing contextual frameworks and confronts the challenging questions inherent in understanding this period.
1 Orange-Canadian Unionists and the Irish Home Rule Crisis, 1912-1914
2 Irish-Canadian Nationalists—Home Rulers Once Again, 1912-1914
3 The War Years, Unity and Disintegration, 1914-1918
4 From Home Rulers to Sinn Féiners; the Rise of the Self-Determination for
Ireland League of Canada, 1919-1922
5 "No Surrender;" Orange-Canadian Unionists and Northern Ireland, 1919-1925
6 Irish-Canadian Nationalists—Free Staters and Republicans, 1922-1925
‘McLaughlin provides fresh data and new insight in an interesting narrative that amplifies previous research about Irish Canadians….This volume will be interesting for readers wanting to learn more about Irish Canadian history in Canada.’ Terence J. Fay, American Historical Review - vol 119:03:2014
"A vivid account of a story now strangely erased from the Canadian experience, the clash of Canadian Protestants and Catholics on the Irish question."Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter
'Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence builds to a real crescendo as Robert McLaughlin reveals the parallel struggles over Irish self-determination happening in Canada and in Ireland through to the end of the Irish Civil War. McLaughlin's research is highly original, demonstrating the extensive role played by Canadians in this fascinating episode of Ireland's history. As the popularity of comparative history continues to rise rapidly, Irish Canadian Conflict and the Struggle for Irish Independence will prove a convincing and significant contribution to the field.' D'Arcy Ryan, Department of History, Bishop's University