An exploration of the history of Irish migration.

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From the origins of the "scattering" of the Irish over the centuries, to the dreams of a mythical home nurtured by so many Irish migrants today, The Irish Empire is a lively exploration of the ups and downs of the Irish experience abroad - as seen by themselves, and as they are perceived by others. Episode One: The Scattering describes the astonishing diversity and scale of Irish migrations, how the Irish established themselves in far corners of the world and where they succeeded and how they failed. Episode Two: Building the World "Rome wasn't built in a day - but then the Irish weren't on that job." Trace the journey from slave to plantation owner, convict to politician and the Irish shaping the world. Episode Three: A World Apart is the untold story of Ireland's women emigrants: more women than men left Ireland - and fewer returned. Episode Four: Keeping the Faith tells how the Irish emigrants brought their religious beliefs - and their differences - with them, wherever they went ... Written by Anonymous

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Mistitled at best
10 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, it's not a look at any Irish Empire, but an examination of the Irish Diaspora. Nor is there much meat there, as the focus seems to be much more on how those poor emigrants must have felt, with much less information on what they did.

Presented in a scatter-shot time-line, jumping from the USA to the Irish left behind in Ireland, to India where the Irish were the mainstay of that awful Imperialism, to Australia where there were some success stories, to the poor, powerless Irish women whose story was never told (which they bewail repeatedly, without ever trying to tell that untold story).

There were some good tidbits in there, but all in all, it's more bewailing the 'Irish Tragedy' and less a history to learn anything from.


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