Four nations history beyond the four nations

If you’re at all interested in historical methodology then check out my guest-blog for the Four Nations history network. Four nations history examines the interconnected histories of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. My post discusses whether a similar approach can be taken with early American history.

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Four nations history beyond the four nations

What are the pros and cons of four nations approaches? PhD student Tim Worth considers how far these methodologies can extend.

There is one question which continues to perplex me as a transnational historian: where exactly do the ‘four nations’ end? At first glance the answer appears to be very simple. The four nations are England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, therefore four nations history is largely confined to the Atlantic Archipelago. The history of these nations is of course deeply affected by other countries, yet the ‘new British history’ perspective generally asserts that the experiences of the English, Scots, Welsh and Irish are uniquely entwined. The English, Scots, Welsh and Irish, however, do not always stay in this neat little geographical arena. When Britons and the Irish migrate, can a four nations approach to history follow them across the seas?

The prospect is…

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