Book launch: Transnational Revolutionaries: The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866
David Doolin’s new book Transnational Revolutionaries: The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866 will be launched at 6pm on Tuesday 2 February at the Mansion House on Dawson Street, Dublin. The launch will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
The organization of several thousand Irish American men into a military outfit, which then attempted to invade Canada from within the United States, is a significant historical event that remains largely unexplored from an Irish and Irish American perspective. This study offers a fuller exploration of the details behind the Fenian invasion, asking why Irish immigrants were motivated to shape American international policy and examining the ways in which the Fenians defined identity as a transnational phenomenon. By taking a fresh look at the Irish foray, David Doolin reveals new aspects to Irish immigrant negotiations of belonging – a prototypical transnationalism, accompanied by a broad-ranging anti-imperialism.
This book places the Irish American Fenians in their proper context, demonstrating their central importance within American, Irish and Irish American history. Its publication coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Fenian invasion of Canada.
David Doolin holds a PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is currently an occasional lecturer and tutor at University College Dublin, Maynooth University and the American College, Dublin. He previously taught American history and American studies courses at the University of Hawai‘i, MCPHS University Boston, and Wheelock College and Endicott College in Massachusetts.