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Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and War, 1930–45

Robert Tobin

in The Minority Voice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641567
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.003.0003

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and War, 1930–45

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This chapter introduces the concept of ‘cosmopolitanism’ in the context of post‐revolutionary Irish national life. It considers the contrasting perceptions of internationalism between Southern Irish Protestants and Catholics. It introduces Butler's early interest in travel and in cultivating a cosmopolitan viewpoint. It accounts for developments in his personal life, including his marriage, and his pivotal experiences in both the USSR and the Balkans. It provides extended analyses of some of his major travel essays and places them in the context of archival material from the same period. It provides an account of his work on behalf of Austrian Jews in Vienna before the outbreak of the war and his decision to spend the war in neutral Ireland. It discusses his domestic circumstances during this time and his growing literary output. It considers his views on Irish neutrality in the context of the wider debate on the subject.

Keywords: Catholic Nationalism; Cosmopolitanism; Succession States; Margaret [Peggy] Butler; Stalinist Russia; Yugoslavia; Kagran Gruppe; Second World War; Irish Neutrality

Chapter.  17304 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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