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The Irish Imperial Service

Policing Palestine and Administering the Empire, 1922–1966


Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Seán William Gannon
    Pages 1-21
  3. Seán William Gannon
    Pages 105-143
  4. Seán William Gannon
    Pages 187-224
  5. Seán William Gannon
    Pages 225-264
  6. Seán William Gannon
    Pages 265-267
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-293

About this book


This book explores Irish participation in the British imperial project after ‘Southern’ Ireland’s independence in 1922. Building on a detailed study of the Irish contribution to the policing of the Palestine Mandate, it examines Irish imperial servants’ twentieth-century transnational careers, and assesses the influence of their Irish identities on their experience at the colonial interface. The factors which informed Irish enlistment in Palestine’s police forces are examined, and the impact of Irishness on the personal perspectives and professional lives of Irish Palestine policemen is assessed. Irish policing in Palestine is placed within the broader tradition of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)-conducted imperial police service inaugurated in the mid-nineteenth century, and the RIC’s transnational influence on twentieth-century British colonial policing is evaluated. The wider tradition of Irish imperial service, of which policing formed part, is then explored, with particular focus on British Colonial Service recruitment in post-revolutionary Ireland and twentieth-century Irish-imperial identities.


Police Irish independence Twentieth century Irishmen, Irishwomen Administration Policemen, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, teachers British overseas services Decolonization Palestine Mandate Irish national identity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Contemporary Irish HistoryTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

About the authors

Seán William Gannon is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Irish Imperial Service
  • Book Subtitle Policing Palestine and Administering the Empire, 1922–1966
  • Authors Seán William Gannon
  • Series Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96393-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07185-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96394-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imperialism and Colonialism
    History of Britain and Ireland
    History of the Middle East
    International Security Studies
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