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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. Silvestri's research focuses on transnational networks of individuals and and ideas across the British Empire. His book, Ireland and India: Nationalism, Empire and Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), explores and assesses Ireland’s engagement with India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the issues of commemoration, historical memory and the imagined communities of nationalism. He is a co-author of the textbook Britain Since 1688: A Nation in the World (Routledge, 2014). His research has been funded by grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current research focuses on two areas of colonial policing: the role of Irish recruits, particularly veterans of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and Irish models in policing Britain’s colonial empire; and the growth of imperial intelligence agencies and the global surveillance of Indian revolutionaries between the world wars. At Clemson he teaches courses on modern Britain, Ireland, colonial India, the British Empire and historical methods.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Britain Since 1688: A Nation in the World (Routledge, 2014)

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, 2009), 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 (2001).

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

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

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“‘These Dead Heroes Did Not Regret the Sacrifices They Made’: Ireland and the Russian Revolution, 1917-1923,” in The Wider Arc of Revolution: 1917 in Transnational Perspective (Slavica Press, 2017).

“‘Paddy Does Not Mind Who the Enemy Is’: The Royal Irish Constabulary and Imperial Policing,” in Michael De Nie, Timothy McMahon and Paul Townend, eds., Ireland in an Imperial World: Citizenship, Opportunism and Subversion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)