About

Hello. This is the personal website of Owen McGee, historian and author of books on The IRB, Arthur Griffith and A History of Ireland in International Relations.

My newest book A History of Ireland in International Relations is out now and published by Irish Academic Press.

An article based on a conference paper, “Finance, geopolitics and the avoidance of war: an evolving framework for Irish diplomacy?”, has appeared in the latest issue of Irish Studies in International Affairs, i.e. volume 30 (2019). A JSTOR link to the article can be found here.

A list of publications can be found in the menu section.

The posts on this site are casual “musings”, or blogs, that are written for no particular reason.

I can be contacted via the contact form and visitors can comment on or tweet pages if they wish, although this site has no corresponding social media presence.

“Research Interests”

My intended next publications are essentially conceptual, journal length, studies of the history of American-Irish and Irish-European relations. These are intended to expand upon passing themes from my recent book, “A history of Ireland in international relations”, but may appear within edited collections.

My original Ph.D. (and, in turn, first book) was a study of late nineteenth-century Irish revolutionary nationalists that was based on contemporary police reports. That was twenty years ago.

As a part-time historian, I do not have the time for carrying out extensive archival research any more. Ph.D. monographs are no longer on the brain. I do intend, however, ultimately revisiting the subject of my first book as part of a larger study on the theme, covering the period c.1845-c.1945 (perhaps) and encompassing more comparative, international and cultural dimensions to the analysis (as well as archival research). Historical studies used to be transnational before people invented the word transnational.

Aside from degrees in history, I did masters degrees in Archives & Records Management and Digital Humanities. In retrospect these did not shape my research interests but they probably influenced by perspective, alongside a perpetual interest in artistic things since the year dot, which may be liable to surface as tangential observations within the monthly casual blogs on this personal website. Every historian must aspire to compose their own symphony but may not be entirely aware what their personal idiom is.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm to life and to everything” – Plato

“When the mind inhabits music, every atom of the universe can be seen and understood” –Granny Mahler

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