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Death in the DiasporaBritish and Irish Gravestones$
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Nicholas Evans and Angela McCarthy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474473781

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474473781.001.0001

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Introduction – Death in the Diaspora: British and Irish Gravestones

Introduction – Death in the Diaspora: British and Irish Gravestones

(p.1) 1 Introduction – Death in the Diaspora: British and Irish Gravestones
Death in the Diaspora

Nicholas J. Evans

Angela McCarthy

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the historical use of headstones and epitaphs in the commemoration of death during the period of British overseas imperialism between c.1608 and 1960. It examines the ways that previous scholars from a number of disciplines have interpreted such memorials and highlights the book’s specific contribution to both death studies and diaspora studies. Each chapter in the volume seeks to compare and contrast different temporal and spatial contexts, including Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Australasia, to explore how and why British and Irish migrants and their families and friends tried to display attachment to home on gravestones.

Keywords:   Gravestones, death, diaspora, imperialism, Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Britain, Ireland

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