Using the concept of diaspora nationalism, the activities of the Irish in Britain during the Irish Revolution 1916–1923 are introduced. The Revolution is then placed in an international context. The literature on republicanism in Britain 1919–1923 is reviewed. The author takes issue with historian Iain Patterson's argument that the contribution of republicans in Scotland, and by implication that of their comrades in England and Wales, to the IRA's campaign in Ireland during the war of independence was ‘slight’. Instead, building on an observation made by a senior IRA leader, he contends that their role was significant. Finally, the theme of each chapter is outlined.
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