Irish Catholic Imperial Identity in Newfoundland, 1850-1918

Lay Summary 

My research will examine Irish Catholic British imperial identity between 1850 and 1918 by tracing expressions of loyalism, defined as support for the British Monarchy and government. In the late nineteenth century, Newfoundlanders were conscious of being part of a larger British Empire, and this sense of Britishness was a key part of their Newfoundland identity. Nothing is known, however, of the specific Irish Catholic motivations for such loyalty, how they defined Newfoundland's relationship to Britain, or their place on the wider imperial stage. I plan to investigate the nature and strength of this identity, the reasons for its emergence, and its relationship to a nascent Newfoundland identity and nationalism in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

ISER Post-Doctoral Fellowship
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Scientific Research and Development Services
Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Jan 2010
End date 
31 Dec 2011