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1 February 1922: Frank Walsh’s American Imperialism

Read David Brundage’s essay on ‘Irish Revolution and American Empire’ on Century Ireland.

Ireland 1922, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry, features 50 essays from leading international scholars that explore a turning point in history, one whose legacy remains controversial a century on. Building on their own expertise, and on the wealth of recent scholarship provoked by the Decade of Centenaries, each contributor focuses on one event that illuminates a key aspect of revolutionary Ireland, demonstrating how the events of this year would shape the new states established in 1922. Together, these essays explore many of the key issues and debates of a year that transformed Ireland.

In collaboration with Century Ireland, we are making the 50 essays freely available online. Today’s essay is by David Brundage and it covers Frank Walsh’s article on American imperialism that was published in The Nation on 1 February 1922:

“On 1 February 1922 the Irish American political reformer Frank P. Walsh published an article in the liberal US weekly, The Nation. Unlike many of his other publications over the previous few years, this short opinion piece did not concern Ireland. Walsh focused instead on the US military occupation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the thrust of his analysis was summed up in the article’s two-word title: ‘American imperialism’. Nonetheless, Ireland’s recent history was not far from his mind. As he argued forcefully in his article, British policy in Ireland provided a near-perfect prism for understanding what was currently transpiring in the Caribbean.” Continue reading (you will be redirected to the website of Century Ireland)

Ireland 1922, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry, is published by the Royal Irish Academy with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.


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