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Just as the United States is as the classic nation of immigrants, Ireland is the classic nation of emigrants. No other European country in the modern era lost so high a proportion of its population overseas. Counting those who went to Britain as well as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, between 9 and 10 million Irish men, women, and children emigrated from Ireland since 1700. That number is about twice the population of the Republic of Ireland today and it exceeds the population of Ireland at its historical peak on the eve of the great famine. This course will examine the origins and character of one of the world’s great migrations.
Professor Kevin Kenny, Department of History