Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: history, politics and culture

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Irish Academic Press, 2008 - History - 270 pages
Twenty contributors offer a fascinating range and diversity of explorations of Irish-Australian-New Zealand shared culture including material culture, folk culture, literature, music, dance, architecture, written and oral cultural transmission, cultural influences, intercommunal cultural transference, and cultural assimilation and dissemination. Often neglected political links are explored, with Carla King assessing the impact of Michael Davitt's Australian tour in 1895 on his subsequent radical politics. De Valera's only visit to Australia/New Zealand in 1948, as part of his 'anti-partition' world tour, analysed in the context of media both in Ireland. Run O'Donnell explores uncharted territory in reviewing perceptions of the IRA in mid-twentieth century Australia. Literary contributions range from Frances Devlin-Glass's reconsideration of Mary Durack's Kings in Grass Castles, to Brega Webb's engaging biographical study of Mary Anne Kelly, better known as 'Eva of the Nation' for h

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