If the Irish Ran the World: Montserrat, 1630-1730

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Liverpool University Press, 1997 - Irish - 273 pages
What would have happened if the Irish had conquered and controlled a vast empire? Would they have been more humane rulers than the English? Using the Caribbean island of Montserrat as a case study of "Irish" imperialism, Donald Akenson addresses these questions and provides a detailed history of the island during its first century as a European colony. Akenson reveals that the Irish proved to be as effective and as unfeeling colonists as the English and the Scottish, despite the long history of oppression in Ireland. He debunks the myth of the "nice" slave holder and the view that indentured labour prevailed in the West Indies in the seventeenth century. He also shows that the long-held habit of ignoring ethnic strife within the white ruling classes in the West Indies is misconceived.

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About the author (1997)

Donald Harman Akenson is currently Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He was also beamish Research Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Liverpool from 1997-2004 and Honorary Professor at the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Akenson has received six honorary doctorates for his scholarly work.

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