Brexit, Ireland and the Politics of Victimhood

Free Public Lecture

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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  • Mr Fintan O'Toole
    Mr Fintan O'Toole, Columnist with the Irish Times, and Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters, Princeton University