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Silvestri, Michael S.

Silvestri, Michael S.

Associate Professor

Office: 122 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3153

Ph.D., Columbia University (1998)

A specialist in modern British and Irish history, Dr. Silvesri teaches courses on Britain, Ireland and the British Empire. His book, Ireland and India: Nationalism, Empire and Memory (2009) explores both imperial and anti-imperial aspects of Ireland's relationship with India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research examines policing in colonial India, and the experiences of United States war correspondents in Britain and Ireland during the Second World War.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Ireland and India: Nationalism, Empire and Memory. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"The South Needs Encouragement’: The Irish Republican Campaign in the American South and Southern Irish-American Identity, 1919-1920." Eire-Ireland 47:3&4 (Fall/Winter 2012), pp. 198-229.

“'The White God of the Hindus': John Nicholson as a British and Irish Imperial Hero,” in Robert Blythe and Keith Jeffery, eds., The British Empire and Its Contested Pasts (Dublin and Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press), pp.196-216.

“The Bomb, Bhadralok, Bhagavad Gita and Dan Breen: Terrorism in Bengal and Its Relation to the European Experience,” Terrorism and Political Violence 21:1 (Winter 2009), pp. 1-27.

“'315 Million of India with Ireland to the Last’: Irish and Indian Nationalists in North America,” in Tadhg Foley and Maureen O’Connor, eds., Ireland and India: Colonies, Culture, Empire (2006), pp. 244-55.

The Thrill of ‘Simply Dressing Up’: The Indian Police, Disguise, and Intelligence Work in the British Raj.”  Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (August, 2001).

“The ‘Sinn Fein of India’: Irish Nationalism and the Policing of Revolutionary Terrorism in Bengal, 1905-1939,” Journal of British Studies (October, 2000).

“‘An Irishman is Specially Suited to be a Policeman’: Sir Charles Tegart and Revolutionary Terrorism in Bengal,” History-Ireland (Winter 2000).