Encompassing the World

Encompassing the World: Networks of Settlement, Commerce & Knowledge

Funded by: HEA (Higher Education Authority), NDP (National Development Plan), EU (European Union).

Publications for this project...


Professor Kevin BarryAcademic Research Coordinator & Project Leader
Professor Nicholas CannyAcademic Director, Moore Institute & Convenor
Dr. Tony BallantynePostdoctoral researcher
Dr. Christopher FinlayPostdoctoral researcher
Dr. Wim KloosterPostdoctoral researcher
Dr. Suzanne LachenichtPostdoctoral researcher
Dr. Jochen MeissnerPostdoctoral researcher
Dr. Claudia SchnurmannPostdoctoral researcher


Plantations in Ireland, 1580-1650

The aim of this project is to explain and contextualize the almost total transfer, within no more than sixty years, of the resources of Ireland from Natives to Newcomers. The framework for this project will be set by the most comprehensive study yet of the plantation process which transformed Irish society during the decades between 1580 and 1650, detailing the size and character of the English/British presence in Ireland and their acquisition of most of the resources in the country. Considering the range of interactions between the settler community and the indigenous population at different social levels, this project situates a unique experience within the contexts of British, Atlantic and European history.

Professor Nicholas Canny, Dr. Mark McCarthy, Dr. Riana O'Dwyer, Dr. William O'Brien

Atlantic & Intra-European Colonization, 1500-1900

The aim of this project is to expand and contextualize, in a comparative framework, the current understanding of the roles of trade, settlement, colonization and plantation in the shaping of an Atlantic world, which included continental Europe as well as the countries and continents on both shores of the Atlantic ocean, 1500-1900. The intellectual foundation for this work has been set by the researches of the participants on relationships between intra-European and trans-Atlantic settlement and migration during the centuries 1500-1800. Trade, migration and settlement in the Atlantic will be compared with similar processes that were taking place along the frontiers in the east of the European continent. These processes were both urban and rural in nature and it will be demonstrated that these interconnections survived through the 1860s. This will be argued through a comparative analysis of urban elites and the development of plantation societies within Europe and North America

Dr William O'Reilly, Professor Nicholas Canny, Mr Enrico Dal Lago, Dr Daniel Carey

Ireland & the British Empire

The aim of this project is to explore the place of Ireland in the British colonial system, examining the role of Irish administrators in India and the role of Irish universities as training-grounds for imperial service. While much attention has been directed to the diaspora of Irish migrants to white settler colonies (in North America, Southern Africa and Australia), Irish involvement in the tropical colonies of South Asia has received less scholarly attention. This project, which will draw upon collaborative research with University College Cork's archivist and its history department, will establish a foundation for the reassessment of Ireland's role in the political and cultural development of the British empire and the impact of this experience on Irish communities at home and abroad. A network-driven approach to imperial history will be utilised that undercuts the centre-periphery framework of much imperial history by emphasising the complex lateral exchanges that linked colonies and integrated the imperial system as a whole. This approach stresses the importance of institutions (especially universities and learned societies) in the production of ‘colonial knowledge' and traces the development of ‘knowledge communities' and networks of intellectual exchange that disseminated antiquarian and ethnographic knowledge throughout the empire.

Professor Nicholas Canny, Dr Tony Ballantyne (U of Illinois), Dr Hiram Morgan (UCC), Ms Virginia Teehan (UCC)

Money & Nationality in Europe and America, 1695-1800

The aim of this project is to examine the conjunction between the development of national paper currencies and nationalist ideologies in the European and Atlantic world, 1695-1800. The development of nation-states and the idea of national unity have traditionally been explained by reference to ideologies of territory, race, language, differences of affiliation, national character or political structures. Transformations in the nature of money, from 1695 to 1800, provide a quite different mode of explanation. The move from specie to paper brought with it volatile rates of exchange between national paper currencies and the dependence of each community upon the integrity of its own. Differences in the intensity of resistance to the modernising of currency through its detachment from precious metals and from coins of intrinsic value, enable a comparative framework of analysis across space and time. New ideological correspondences emerged in many kinds of writing between commitment to the value of the nation-state and commitment to the imaginary value of a national paper currency.

Professor Kevin Barry, Dr Daniel Carey, Dr Kim Lo Prete, Dr Brian Coates (UL)

Publications from this project

Canny, N. 2003, ‘Writing Early modern history: Ireland, Britain, and the Wider World' in The Historical Journal, vol 46, no.3, pp. 723-747.

Canny, N. 2003, ‘Asia, the Atlantic and the Subjects of the British Monarchy', in A Companion to Stuart Britain, Blackwell Publishers pp. 45-56.

Canny, N. 2003, 'Taking sides in early modern Ireland: the case of Hugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone' in Taking Sides?, pp. 94-115. O'Reilly, W. 2003, 'Divide et impera: Race, Ethnicity and Administration in early 18th-Century Habsburg Hungary', in G. Halfdanarson and A. Katherine Isaacs (eds.), Minorities in Europe, Florence, pp. 100-129.

Ballantyne, T. 2003, 'Rethinking the archive, opening up the nation state in South Asia (and beyond)', in A. Burton (ed.) After the Imperial Turn: thinking with and through the nation, Duke University Press.

Ballantyne, T. 2003, 'Introduction: Baron Von Hugel', in C. von Hugel, Travels in Kashmir and the Panjab, Oxford University Press.

Ballantyne, T. 2003, 'Transport, communications and imperialism', in J. Farr (ed.), The Industrial Revolution in Europe, 1750-1914, Gale, Detroit. Dal Lago, E. 2002, 'South Caroline History Through Women's Eyes', Reviews in History vol. 30, pp. 13-21.

Dal Lago, E. 2002, 'Society, Economy, and Politics in Restoration Italy: Towards a Regional Analysis', The Historical Journal, vol. 45, pp. 179-93.

O'Reilly, W. 2001, 'Bridging the Atlantic, Opportunity, Information and Choice in Long-Range German Migration in the Eighteenth Century', in W. G. Rödel and H. Schmahl (eds.), Menschen zwischen zwei Welten. Auswanderung, Ansiedlung, Akkulturation, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, Trier, pp. 25-44

Ballantyne, T. (ed.) 2002, 'From Orientalism to Ornamentalism: empire and difference in history'. Special issue of Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 3 no. 1.

Canny, N. 2001, ‘Atlantic history: what and why', in European Review, vol. 9 no. 4.

Dal Lago, E. 2001, 'The City as Social Display: Landed Elites and Urban Images in Charleston and Palermo', Journal of Historical Sociology, vol. 14, no. 4.

Dal Lago E. & Halpern R. (eds.) 2001, The American South & the Italian Mezzogiorno, Palgrave, London.

Herron, T. 2001, 'A Source for Edmund Spenser's "Blandina! In Holinshed's Chronicles', Notes and Queries New Series, vol. 48 no. 3, pp. 254-6

Ballantyne, T. 2001, Orientalism and Race: Aryanism in the British empire, Palgrave.

Ballantyne, T. 2001, 'Empire, knowledge and culture: from proto-globalization to modern globalization', in A.G. Hopkins (ed.), Globalization in World History, Pimlico, London.

Ballantyne, T. 2001, 'Race and the Webs of Empire', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 2, no. 3.

Ballantyne, T. 2001, 'Archive, state, discipline: power and knowledge in South Asian historiography', New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 87-105.

Canny, N. 2001, Making Ireland British, 1580-1650, Oxford University Press.

Canny, N. (ed.) 2001, The Origins of Empire a revised paperback edition of The Oxford History of the British Empire, vol. 1, Oxford University Press.

Canny, N. 2001, ‘An Afterword', Voyages & Exploration in the North Atlantic from the middle Ages to the XVIIth Century, University of Iceland Press pp. 139-143.

O'Reilly, W. 2002, 'Enrique Garciá Hernán, 'Irlanda y el rey prudente' (Mardid: 2000); Karin Schüller, 'Die Beziehungen zwischen Spanien und Irland im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert: Diplomatie, Handel und die soziale Integration katholischer Exulanten (Münster: 1999); and Aidan Clarke, 'Prelude to restoration in Ireland: The End of the Commonwealth, 1659-1660 [Reviews]', The English Historical Review, vol. CXVII, no. 471, pp. 473-476.

McLaughlin, J. 2004, 'What base coins wrought: the effects of the Elizabethan debasement in Ireland', in H. Morgan (ed.), The Battle of Kinsale, Wordwell Ltd, Wicklow.

O'Reilly, W. 2001, ‘The Naturalisation Act of 1709 and the Settlement of Germans in Britain, Ireland and the Colonies', in R. Vigne. & C. Littleton (eds.), ‘From Strangers to Citizens'. The Integration of Immigrant Communities in Britain, Ireland and Colonial America, 1550-1750, pp. 292-502 Sussex Academic Press.

O'Reilly, W. 2001, ‘Gesa Mackenthun, Metaphors of Dispossession: American Beginnings and the Translation of Empire, 1492-1637 [Review], Norman, Uni. Oklahoma Press, 1997, Journal of American History, pp. 1459-1460.

O'Reilly, W. 2002, ‘Migration, Recruitment and the Law: Europe Responds to the Atlantic World', in H. Pietschmann (ed.), Atlantic History. History of the Atlantic System 1580-1830. Proceedings of the Joachim Jungius Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften/Universität Hamburg History of the Atlantic System Conference, Vandenhoek & Rupprecht Verlag, Göttingen, pp. 119-137.

O'Reilly, W. 2004, ‘Genealogies of Atlantic History', Atlantic Studies, vol.1, no.1, pp. 66-84. O'Reilly, W. 2004, ‘Protestantische Kultur in England und Irland im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert', in P. C. Hartmann (ed.), Religion und Kultur im Europa des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 57-72.

O'Reilly, W. 2004, ‘Travelling to the Margins. Irish, Turks, and Irish-Turks', in H. Rasche & C. Schönfeld (eds.), Denkbilder. Festschrift für Eoin Bourke, Königshausen and Neumann, Würzburg, pp. 335-345.

O'Reilly, W. 2004, 'Orientalist Reflections: Asia and the Pacific in the Making of late Eighteenth-Century Ireland', New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 127-147.

Schnurmann, C. 2001, Vom Inselreich zur Weltmacht. Die Entwicklung des englischen Weltreichs vom Mittelalter bis ins 20. Jahrhundert, Kohlhammer, Verlag Stuttgart.

Ballantyne, T. 2002, Orientalism, Racial Theory and British Colonialism, Palgrave, London.

Ballantyne, T. (ed.) 2004, Science, Empire and the European Exploration of the Pacific, Ashgate.

Ballantyne, T. 2004, ‘Archives, Empires and Histories of Colonialism', Archifacts pp. 21-36. Ballantyne, T. 2004, ‘Maharaja Dalip Singh, imperial Britain and the negotiation of Sikh identity', in Pashaura Singh and N.G. Barrier (eds.), In Sikhism in light of History, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 151-175.

Canny, N. & Kupperman, K.O. 2003. ‘The Scholarship and Legacy of David Beers Quinn, 1909-2002', The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 60, pp. 843-860.

Canny, N. 2004, ‘Foreword' in K. Kenny (ed.)., Ireland and the British Empire pp. ix-xviii. Canny, N. 2005, ‘Atlantic History and Global History', in Latin America and the Atlantic World: essays in honor of Horst Pietschmann, pp. 25-34.

Finlay, C. 2004, ‘Hume's Theory of Civil Society', European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 369-91. Lachenicht, S. 2004, Information und Propaganda, R. Oldenbourg , Verlag, München.

Lachenicht, S. 2004, ‘Deutscher Jakobinismus. Zur Janusköpfigkeit eines politischen Phänomens.' In Matthias Freese, Klaus Kempter, Heidemarie Lauterer, Volker Schober & Oliver von Mengersen (eds.), Personen, Sozial Bewegungen, Parteien. Beiträge zur Neuesten Geschichte. Heidelberg, pp. 301-322.

Lachenicht, S. 2004, ‘La presse des immigrants allemands en Alsace (1791-1799).' In Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink & Jeremy D. Popkin (eds.), Enlightenment, Revolution and the periodical press. Studies on Voltaire and the 18th century, pp. 178-198.

Lachenicht, S. & Cottebrune, A. 2004, ‘Deutsche Jakobiner im französischen Exil: Paris und Straßburg - Wege zwischen radikaler Akzeptanz und Ablehnung der Revolution.' Francia, vol. 31/2, pp 95-120.

Lachenicht, S. 2005, ‘Migration, Migrationspolitik und Integration: Hugenotten in Brandenburg-Preußen, Irland und Großbritannien: ein Vergleich.' In Manuela Böhm, Jens Häseler & Robert Violet (eds.), Hugenotten: Zwischen Migration und Integration. Neue Forschungen zum Refuge in Berlin und Brandenburg., pp. 37-58.

Lachenicht, S. 2005, ‘Differing perceptions of the refuge? Huguenots in Ireland and Great Britain and their attitudes towards the governments' religious policy.' In Anne Dunan-Page (ed.), "Thou tallest my wanderings": The Religious Culture of the Huguenots from 1660 to 1789.Aldershot, pp. 45-56.

Dal Lago, E. & Halpern, R. (eds.) 2002, Slavery and Emancipation, Blackwell, Oxford. Dal Lago, E. 2003, 'Patriarchs and Republicans: Eighteenth Century Virginian Planters and Classical Politics', Historical Research, vol. 76, pp. 492-511.

Dal Lago, E. 2005, 'States of Rebellion: Civil War, Rural Unrest, and the Agrarian Question in the American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno, 1861-1865', Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 47, pp. 403-32.

Dal Lago, E. 2005, Agrarian Elites: American Slaveholders and Southern Italian Landowners, 1815-1861, Louisiana State University Press.