Brexit, Ireland and the Politics of Victimhood

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Brexit, Ireland and the Politics of Victimhood

2020 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture

Brexit is altering the "totality of relationships" on the British-Irish archipelago, perhaps in fundamental ways.

In this lecture, Fintan O’Toole argues that Brexit espouses not just a nationalist narrative of England’s past, but a bizarrely borrowed version of Irish history. At the same time as Ireland has been struggling to transcend a nationalism based on grievance and victimhood, a new English nationalism has emerged that nurtures an (arguably less justified) sense of oppression, shame and of resistance against a supposed colonial master.

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