This is an innovative study of the role of Ireland and the Irish in the British Empire which examines the intellectual, cultural and political interconnections between nineteenth-century British imperial, Irish and Indian history. Barry Crosbie argues that Ireland was a crucial sub-imperial centre for the British Empire in South Asia that provided a significant amount of the manpower, intellectual and financial capital that fuelled Britain's drive into Asia from the 1750s onwards. He shows the important role that Ireland played as a centre for recruitment for the armed forces, the medical and civil services and the many missionary and scientific bodies established in South Asia during the colonial period. In doing so, the book also reveals the important part that the Empire played in shaping Ireland's domestic institutions, family life and identity in equally significant ways.
Barry Crosbie is Assistant Professor of European History in the Department of History at the University of Macau.
1. Introduction; 2. The business of empire; 3. British overseas expansion, Ireland and the sinews of colonial power; 4. From trade to dominion; 5. Religion, civil society and imperial authority; 6. From company to Crown rule; 7. Imperial crisis and the age of reform; Conclusion.