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Encounters: How Racism Came to Ireland

Encounters: How Racism Came to Ireland

Bill Rolston, Michael Shannon

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The Irish have been encountering people of colour both inside and outside Ireland for over a millenium. The Vikings traded North African slaves in Dublin in the 9th century while later Irish peasants travelled with Norman lords on the crusades against Islam. The Scotch-Irish of the north and later the famine Irish migrated in their tens of thousands to America where they quickly came to learn that owning slaves and engaging in racist practices was the passport to being considered white. And the British Empire could not have operated without the loyal service of countless Irish administrators and soldiers, all of whom were implicated directly or otherwise in the task of subjugating, ruling and often slaughtering people with black, brown or yellow skin. This was not the only legacy of that long history. Ireland's own experience of colonisation led many to see the links between the cause of Ireland and that of other colonised peoples. Rolston and Shannon provide a fascinating account of the origins of contemporary racism in Ireland, revealing little known facts on every page

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Author Bill Rolston, Michael Shannon
Publisher Beyond Endurance
Publication date 20 Mar 2002
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781900960151

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