Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 May 2014

244 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719095443

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Ireland, Africa and the end of empire

Small state identity in the Cold War 1955 - 75

Kevin O'Sullivan

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Will immediately become the essential history of Ireland's relationship with the developing world - it is, quite simply, the first study to tackle the subject in a sustained and detailed way
  • Adopts a highly original, and strongly comparative, methodology that breaks new ground in the study of Irish foreign relations - and should become the baseline for the sub-discipline for some time to come
  • Judiciously deflates a long-dominant and overly simplistic narrative of Irish diplomacy in the twenty years after it joined the UN, in favour of a more nuanced reading of the country's role in the world
  • Is significant for scholars of international relations: it provides important new insights into a vital period for Cold War diplomacy, viewed through the eyes of the small and middling powers
  • Offers a brand new narrative of African decolonisation, told from the unique perspective of a European state vocally proud of its own anti-imperial struggle

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