An earlier Ireland revealed

Ireland has been in the press a lot in connection with Brexit, trade and borders. The July feature of the month from Senate House Library is ‘L’Irlande sociale, politique et religieuse’, a former bestselling monograph about an earlier Ireland which was bequeathed by George Grote in 1871 and is one of the library’s founding collections.

In Harriet Grote’s biography of her husband George (the University of London vice-chancellor from 1862 to 1871) she describes how in June 1835 ‘two young Frenchmen then rising into notice as public men’, Alexis de Tocqueville and his friend and fellow traveller Gustave de Beaumont, visited them at home several times. Beaumont returned to London with his wife for a few months in 1848, as the French Republic’s envoy, and the Grotes joined the Beaumonts at their official residence in Manchester Square for the latters’ final evening in London.

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King’s College London PhD student Sandra Araya Rojas explores the 19th-century colonisation programme implemented by the Chilean state in indigenous territories.

Last month’s grim discovery of the remains of 250 children at Kamloops Indian Residential School, Canada, impacted the world.

Just like thousands of other students from the Americas in the 19th century, these children were victims of policies that involved, on one side, building a model of childhood which excluded racially and socially marginalised children, and, on the other side, placing girls at the sentimental side of the reason/emotion binomial while simultaneously oppressing those valuable feelings.

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