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“Scarce a Battlefield from the North Pole to the South”

Cian T. McMahon

in Global Dimensions of Irish Identity

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9781469620107
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781469623184
“Scarce a Battlefield from the North Pole to the South”

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This chapter examines how Irish people in the United States, Ireland, and abroad interpreted Irish participation in the American Civil War. It argues that, thanks in part to extensive worldwide press coverage of the conflict, the war solidified the Irish sense of themselves as an international community. There were two aspects to this wartime global nationalism. The first was an ethnic solidarity, which portrayed Irish Celts as a race of universal soldiers whose storied reputation for bravery and honor had been earned on countless battlefields across time and space. The second side of Irish global nationalism portrayed the war as part of a transnational ideological struggle.

Keywords: Civil War; Irish Celts; international community; global nationalism; ethnic solidarity; transnational ideologies; press coverage

Chapter.  14720 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental History

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