Rich in human detail, penetrating in analysis, this book is social history on an epic scale. The first "transatlantic" history of the Irish, Emigrants and Exiles offers the fullest account yet of the diverse waves of Irish emigration to North America.
Drawing on enormous original research, Miller focuses on the thought and behavior of the "ordinary" Irish emigrants, as revealed in their personal letters, diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as in their songs, poems and folklore. Miller shows that the exile mentality was deeply rooted in Irish history, culture and personality, and it profoundly affected both the traumatic course of modern Irish history and the Irish experience in America.
"In Emigrants and Exiles, the Irish and Irish-Americans have found a work equal to their history--alive with fact, vivid in detail, exposing and assessing the virtues and vices of being Irish."--Terrence Fitzmorris, Tulane University "A well-written and extensively researched study....This ambitious work definitely promises to become a basic title for Irish studies."--Ethnic Forum "Without question Emigrants and Exiles will become a classic in emigration studies and because exile/emigration is so crucial to understanding Ireland it will be a significant text for any study of Irish history."--Journal of American Studies "This is a book that should be read by anyone with even a passing interest in eighteenth-century Ireland or America."--Eoin Magennis, Eighteenth-Century Ireland "An excellent and sensitive examination of the 'ordinary' Irish emigrant during what was surely an extraordinary experience."--Georgia Historical Quarterly "An extaordinary and valuable work."--The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society "Emigrants and Exiles is an extraordinary and valuable work....Miller has drawn upon years of intensive scholarship to document the attitudes that Irish emigrants expressed on the subject of their departure from the land of their birth."--The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society "A veritable monument of research and analysis...[and] a historiographical and expository achievement of high order."--Journal of American Ethnic History "The most comprehensive effort at a synthesis of the history of Irish emigration in the past half-century."--Journal of Social History "The most important book on Irish emigration to appear in a generation."--Irish America "A massive work that is at once exhaustively researched and textually dense, and yet persistently argumentative and immensely readable."--Stanley H. Palmer, University of Texas, Arlington "In challenging many of [Irish-American's] most cherished myths, he has done it a real service. His "warts and all" picture of the Irish-American diaspora enhances respect for the emigrants' courage, endurance, and singlemindedness. The reality is more impressive than the myth."--Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism "A spirited and far-ranging synthesis...[Miller] has produced a major work of scholarship and analysis, rich in information, trenchant in argument and broad in its grasp. It is well worth reading."--The New York Times Book Review "A remarkable achievement...a very readable book. Miller never forgets that history is about people...a valuable contribution to scholarship...a mine of fascinating information."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review "Miller's awesome, indeed monumental scholarship will make Emigrants and Exiles the definitive history of Irish immigration for many years to come."--Andrew M. Greeley "An excellent resource for those interested in studying the Irish emigrant experience. It is especially valuable to those interested in studying the social, economic, and psychological factors that contribute to the emigration process."--International Migration Review "A truly magnificent work of scholarship."--Ross Charles Horning, Creighton University "Superbly crafted and well interpreted."--Egal Feldman, University of Wisconsin, Superior "Without question Emigrants and Exiles will become a classic in emigration studies."--Journal of American Studies "Without question Emigrants and Exiles will become a classic in emigration studies and because exile/emigration is so crucial to understanding Ireland it will be a significant text for any study of Irish history."--Journal of American Studies "Here is a book researched broadly and deeply on both sides of the Atlantic, and written with literary grace and emphatic human insight....Written with unhurried grace, which, at once reaffirms the power in historical narrative while offering interpretive insights that will change analyses of both European and American history....Its monumental sweep and its humane compassion are as rare as they are welcome....Kerby Miller is to be congratulated for taking a well-worked subject and offering new interpretations....Scholars of modern history have, in [his] book, an invaluable new resource, both for their own scholarship and for their teaching."--Ronald A. Wells, Fides et Historia "A well-written and extensively researched study....This ambitious work definitely promises to become a basic title for Irish studies."--Ethnic Forum "In Emigrants and Exiles, the Irish and Irish-Americans have found a work equal to their history--alive with fact, vivid in detail, exposing and assessing the virtues and vices of being Irish."--Terrence Fitzmorris, Tulane University
Series: Oxford Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 21st January 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.27 x 3.28
Weight (kg): 0.85