Ireland helped sustain the British Raj in India in a manner out of all proportion to her size. In the seventeenth century the East India Company had gone to trade in a sub-continent dominated by the Mughal Empire, but when the power of the Mughals collapsed the Company became a contender for political power. Ireland's contribution to the growth of Indian nationalism is less easy to assess, despite the evidence of interest on the part of people like Daniel O'Connell, Margaret Noble and Frank Hugh O'Donnell. Indian politics began to assume their modern shape in 1885 with the foundation of the Indian National Congress. Ireland may be seen as occupying a distinctive place in the growth of the British Empire in India and in the manner of its demise.
Edited and introduced by Nobel Laureate John Hume, T.G. Fraser and Leonie Murray, this book provides a range of unique insights into the issues surrounding peacemaking, delivered by major international figures with direct experience in this area at the highest level. Based on a series of lectures on the theme of ‘Peace’ given under the auspices of the Tip O’Neill Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus and funded by The Ireland Funds, each lecture is presented with an introduction placing it in its proper context within the discourse on peacemaking. The volume makes an invaluable contribution to the study of peace and conflict studies, international history, international relations and international politics.