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If the Irish ran the world : Montserrat, 1630-1730

Author: Donald H Akenson
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1997.
Series: Joanne Goodman lectures, 1997.
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"What would have happened if the Irish had conquered and controlled a vast empire? Would they have been more humane rulers than the English? Using the Caribbean island of Montserrat as a case study of "Irish" imperialism, Donald Akenson addresses these questions and provides a detailed history of the island during its first century as a European colony." "Akenson reveals that the Irish proved to be as effective and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald H Akenson
ISBN: 0773516301 9780773516304 0773516867 9780773516861
OCLC Number: 40311706
Description: x, 273 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Joanne Goodman lectures, 1997.
Responsibility: Donald Harman Akenson.
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"What would have happened if the Irish had conquered and controlled a vast empire? Would they have been more humane rulers than the English? Using the Caribbean island of Montserrat as a case study of "Irish" imperialism, Donald Akenson addresses these questions and provides a detailed history of the island during its first century as a European colony." "Akenson reveals that the Irish proved to be as effective and as unfeeling colonists as the English and the Scottish, despite the long history of oppression in Ireland. He debunks the myth of the "nice" slave holder and the view that indentured labour prevailed in the West Indies in the seventeenth century. He also shows that the long-held habit of ignoring ethnic strife within the white ruling classes in the West Indies is misconceived."--Jacket.

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