A Different Four Nations Approach? Celtic Nationalism in the Period of the Great War

A piece I recently wrote for the Four Nations History Network

Four Nations History Network

A Different Four Nations Approach? Celtic Nationalism in the Period of the Great War

This week, Professor Justin Dolan Stover considers how ‘less conventional’ four nations approaches can inform our understanding of Celtic nationalism. 

In the autumn of 2012 I presented a working paper to the annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium that attempted to highlight underlying connections amongst political devolution and cultural revival movements in nations of the “Celtic periphery” prior to the Great War, namely Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. I suggested that while Ireland had undergone significant political transformation throughout its revolutionary decade, 1913-1923, some of its preceding experiences were not unique. The Gaelic League, Young Scots Society, Young Wales, and the Breton Regionalist Union all show that Celtic cultural revival was prevalent throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Endeavors to create an integrated literary movement were also present, with the Pan-Celtic Congress, Celtic Association, and Celtic Literary…

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