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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire

Ireland, India and the Politics of Alfred Webb

Authors: Regan-Lefebvre, J.

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The first biography of Alfred Webb, Irish nationalist and president of the 1894 Indian National Congress. The biography explores how Webb viewed nationalism as a vehicle for global social justice. Drawing on archives in Britain, Ireland and India the author reveals how Irish and Indians used cosmopolitan London to create networks across the Empire.

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JENNIFER REGAN-LEFEBVRE, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Exeter, UK

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'A fascinating account of an important, though hitherto neglected figure in Irish political life. Scholarly and lucidly written, it spans the range of Webb's activities and influences as a humanitarian reformer, activist and man of letters, both in Ireland and internationally, and provides a thoughtful interpretation of his personality. It is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the period.'

- Carla King, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University

'This critical biography adds to the broader understanding of the global reach of Irish nationalist thinking in the pre-1916 period...' - History Ireland

'The academic community is deeply in debt to Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre for this well-researched and nuanced study.

Webb's career 'reveals the fabric of multicultural social relations in late nineteenth-century Britain, in which individuals from the periphery of the British Empire met at the imperial core and found an international context to their nationalism'. Regan-Lefebvre has produced an important contribution to the study of Victorian Irish and Imperial radicalism. ' - Eugenio F. Biagini, English Historical Review

'An immensely readable and valuable addition to Irish, imperial and Victorian historiography. Regan-Lefebvre's findings are fresh and unexpected. Her account of Webb's Indian National Congress presidency, although clearly the high point of his life and this book, is honest in its anti-climactic portrayal. Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire, although presented as biography of a peripheral Irish political figure, delivers much more than it promises: a room with a cosmopolitan view.' - Kate O'Malley, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • ‘How rich my life has been, not in itself but in its associations’: An Introduction to Alfred Webb

    Regan-Lefebvre, Jennifer

    Pages 1-12

  • ‘Interested in people of all countries, especially of America’: A Quaker Family in the Atlantic World

    Regan-Lefebvre, Jennifer

    Pages 13-33

  • ‘The labours and responsibilities nearly killed me’: Webb and Social Activism in Victorian Dublin

    Regan-Lefebvre, Jennifer

    Pages 34-59

  • ‘Some curious characters floated on the surface’: Webb’s Entry into Nationalist Politics

    Regan-Lefebvre, Jennifer

    Pages 60-84

  • ‘I am willing to take any dangerous part’: Webb in the World of Parnell and Gladstone

    Regan-Lefebvre, Jennifer

    Pages 85-105

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Hardcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire
Book Subtitle
Ireland, India and the Politics of Alfred Webb
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-24470-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230244702
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-22085-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 229
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