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1916 in Global Context
An anti-Imperial moment

ISBN 9780367348915
Published May 7, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

The year 1916 has recently been identified as "a tipping point for the intensification of protests, riots, uprisings and even revolutions." Many of these constituted a challenge to the international pre-war order of empires, and thus collectively represent a global anti-imperial moment, which was the revolutionary counterpart to the later diplomatic attempt to construct a new world order in the so-called Wilsonian moment. Chief among such events was the Easter Rising in Ireland, an occurrence that took on worldwide significance as a challenge to the established order. This is the first collection of specialist studies that aims at interpreting the global significance of the year 1916 in the decline of empires.

Table of Contents

Section One: Transnational and Comparative Approaches to 1916 1. Globalising the Easter Rising: 1916 and the Challenge to Empires (Enrico Dal Lago, Róisín Healy and Gearóid Barry)  2. The Easter Rising and the Changing Character of Irregular Warfare (Timothy D. Hoyt) Section Two: The Atlantic World  3. Echoes of the Rising in Quebec’s Conscription Crisis: The French Canadian Press and the Irish Revolution between 1916 and 1918 (Charles-Philippe Courtois)  4. The Great American Protest: African Americans and the Great Migration (Cecelia Hartsell)  5. Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian Nationalism, and the Irish Revolution: The View from New York, 1914-1920 (David Brundage)  6. Johannesburg’s Green Flag: The Contemporaneity of the Easter Rising and the 1922 Rand Rebellion (Jonathan Hyslop) Section Three: North Africa, Asia and the Pacific  7. 1916 in the Middle East and the Global War for Empire (Michael Provence)  8. ‘A Tempest in a British Tea Pot’: The Arab Question in Cairo and Dehli (Erin O’Halloran)  9. "Revolutionaries, Renegades and Refugees": Anti-British Allegiances in the Context of World War I (Stephen McQuillan)  10. From Dublin to Turgai: Discourses on Small Nations and Violence in the Russian Muslim Press in 1916 (Danielle Ross)  11. "To be avoided at all hazards: rebel Irish and syndicalists coming into office": The Easter Rising, Climatic Conditions and the 1916 Australian Referendum on Conscription (Daniel Marc Segesser)  Section Four: European Responses and Parallels  12. British Labour and Irish Rebels: "Try and Understand" (Geoffrey Bell)  13. The Execution of Cesare Battisti: Loyalty, Citizenship, and Empire in the Trentino in World War I (Vanda Wilcox14. "The Same Thing Could Happen in Finland": The Anti-Imperial Moment in Ireland and Finland, 1916-1917 (Andrew Newby)  15. The execution of Cesare Battisti: loyalty, citizenship and empire during the First World War (Vanda Wilcox)  16. Early Risers and Late Sleepers: The Easter Rising and the Poznanian Uprising of 1918/19 Compared (Róisín Healy)

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Enrico Dal Lago is Professor of American History at NUI Galway. He is the author of several books, the latest of which are The Age of Lincoln and Cavour: Comparative Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century American and Italian Nation-Building (2015), and Civil Wars and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy (2018).

Róisín Healy is Lecturer in Modern European History at NUI Galway. Her publications include The Shadow of Colonialism on Europe’s Modern Past (2014) and Poland in the Irish Nationalist Imagination, 1772-1922: Anti-Colonialism within Europe (2017).

Gearóid Barry is Lecturer in Modern European History at NUI Galway. His books include The Disarmament of Hatred: Marc Sangnier, French Catholicism and the Legacy of the First World War, 1914-45 (2012) and Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I (2016).


"In this slim anthology, Dal Lago, Healy, and Barry ably take up the dual challenge laid down by the late Keith Jeffery with his pathbreaking 1916: A Global History: to internationalise the study of the Easter Rising, so often treated as a purely domestic affair – as, indeed, the British state insisted it was; and to restore 1916, long neglected in favour of Bolshevik 1917, to its proper place as the revolutionary hinge of twentieth century politics."

- Matthew Kovac. University of Oxford, Keble College

"1916 in Global Context manages to be both cohesive and comprehensive. It adeptly weaves conflict and cooperation between strands of propaganda, high politics, and violence around the world. Authors forensically show the extent and limit of transnational connections, demonstrating mostly excellent source work and analysis across a gamut of relevant and crisscrossing topics."

-William Bullock Jenkins, University of Leipzig & London School of Economics