Start Date

19-5-2021 1:20 PM

End Date

19-5-2021 2:35 PM

Disciplines

European History | History | Social History

Subjects

Nationalism -- Ireland -- History, Ireland -- Politics and government -- 20th century, Irish language -- Social aspects, Irish language -- Political aspects

Description

Under centuries of British colonial rule, mass emigration, and discriminatory laws, the Irish language took a secondary position to English. As Irish nationalist ideology gained momentum in the early 20th century, Irish became useful and popular as a powerful symbol of resilience and a discrete national identity. However, the significance of Irish to nationalism had a mixed impact on its perception across the island due to the violence and sectarianism that accompanied the struggle for independence. This paper explores the influence that this divisive history had and continues to exert on the perception of and legislation supporting the Irish language, as well as the integral role of the Irish nationalist and independence movements on its revival and survival.

Notes

2nd place winner of the Karen E. Hoppes Young Historians Award for Outstanding Research and Writing.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35639

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May 19th, 1:20 PM May 19th, 2:35 PM

Session 1: Panel 2: Presenter 2 (Paper) -- The Irish Language and Nationalism in the 20th Century

Under centuries of British colonial rule, mass emigration, and discriminatory laws, the Irish language took a secondary position to English. As Irish nationalist ideology gained momentum in the early 20th century, Irish became useful and popular as a powerful symbol of resilience and a discrete national identity. However, the significance of Irish to nationalism had a mixed impact on its perception across the island due to the violence and sectarianism that accompanied the struggle for independence. This paper explores the influence that this divisive history had and continues to exert on the perception of and legislation supporting the Irish language, as well as the integral role of the Irish nationalist and independence movements on its revival and survival.