By Aidan Beatty
This publication is a comparative research of masculinity and white racial identification in Irish nationalism and Zionism. It analyses how either nationwide events sought to refute common anti-Irish or anti-Jewish stereotypes and create extra prideful (and hugely gendered) photographs in their respective countries. Drawing on English-, Irish-, and Hebrew-language archival assets, Aidan Beatty strains how male Irish nationalists sought to remake themselves as a proudly Gaelic-speaking race, rooted either of their nationwide prior in addition to in the areas and agricultural soil of Ireland. at the one hand, this used to be an try and refute modern British colonial notions that they have been by some means a racially inferior or uncomfortably hybridised humans. yet this can be additionally provided within the mild of the overall historical past of eu nationalism; nationalist routine throughout Europe frequently crafted romanticised photos of the nation’s prior and Irish nationalism was once hence at the same time ecu and postcolonial. it truly is this that makes Irish nationalism just like Zionism, a move that sought to create a extra idealized photograph of the Jewish previous that could disprove modern anti-Semitic stereotypes.
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