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Patron, Kin, and Fellow Believer: Transnational Relief for Ireland 1845–1851
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2014 (English)In: On conference websit, 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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The famine of the 1840s is a historical landmark, a lieux de memoire not only of Irish, but of European and transatlantic history. Like writing on the wall it bears witness to the malfunction of the then hegemonic liberal doctrine and to the ignorance of the mightiest power of the time – the British Empire. Whereas these issues are recurrent subjects for discussion, the voluntary relief effort at the time has been little studied. This paper argues that this effort highlights the transnational capacity of civil society at the time and it shows the ambiguity of voluntary transnationalism with roots in imperial and diaspora constellations and in a wider context of religious and humanitarian driving forces.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25602Local ID: 481/42/2012OAI: diva2:773926
4th European Congress on World and Global History: Encounters, Circulations and Conflicts, Paris, September 4-7, 2014.
The Moral Economy of Global Civil Society: A History of Voluntary Food Aid
Swedish Research Council, 2012-614
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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