Prof Sean Connolly
Professor Emeritus of Irish History; Visiting Research Professor in Irish Studies
Sean Connolly was Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast, 1996-2017. He had previously taught at the University of Ulster, and before that worked as an archivist in what was then the Public Record Office (now the National Archives) of Ireland. He was editor of the journal Irish Economic and Social History from 1982 to 1990, and again from 2000 to 2012. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1995, and in 2016 became a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, where he served on Council during 2007-10 and was a vice-president between 2014 and 2016. In 2012 he was a Fernand Braudel Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.
Sean Connolly’s original research was on the social history of Irish Catholicism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His work then shifted back in time to focus on the distinctive religious, political and social history of post-Restoration Ireland. In 2007-8 he brought his work on early modern Ireland to a conclusion by publishing a comprehensive overview, forming two volumes of the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe and covering the period 1460-1800. His next project was on the social history of late Georgian and Victorian Belfast. He is now working on a history of the Irish diaspora, viewed in the context of the development of a world economy.
Connolly, S.J., ‘Settler colonialism in Ireland from the English conquest to the nineteenth century’ in The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism, Cavanagh, E. and Veracini, L. (eds), London: Routledge, pp 49-64
Connolly, S.J., ‘Patriotism and nationalism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History. Jackson, A. (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 27-44
p. 106-20Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy and Society. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 74-89Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy and Society. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 174-188Re-imagining democracy in the age of revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850. Innes, J. & Philp, M. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 25-48Belfast: The Emerging City 1850-1914. Purdue, O. (ed.). Dublin: ,
p. 161-198Belfast 400: People, place and history. Connolly, S. J. (ed.). Liverpool: ,
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p. 255-269Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives. Rawson, C. (ed.). ,
p. 220-237Theorizing Identities and Social Action . Wetherell, M. (ed.). ,
in Forging the State: European State Formation and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. MacKillop, A. & Siochru, M. O. (eds.). , p. 133-152
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p. 187-202Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Real, H. J. (ed.). ,
p. 119-134Religion und Nation. Altematt, U. & Metzger, F. (eds.). ,
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