|Areas of expertise||
My doctoral research reconstructed and critically examined the history of Irish involvement in the policing of the British Palestine Mandate between 1922 and 1948 to provide the first detailed case-study of Irish involvement in the administration of the British Empire in the post-independence period. As part of this process, it challenged the historiography on a series of related issues such as the policing of the Palestine Mandate; the causes of police brutality in revolutionary Ireland, the Palestine Mandate and wider British Empire; and the influence of the RIC on colonial policing in the twentieth century.
My current research explores the more general question of Irish participation in the British imperial project after 1922. Focussing on the Indian Civil Service and the British Colonial Service, it maps recruitment by these services in 'Southern Ireland' during this period, evaluates the Irish contribution to the administration of a range of British overseas possessions, and assess the extent to which, if any, their ‘Irishness’ impacted on the personal and professional experience of Irish imperial servants and led to the creation of an distinct Irish-imperial identity.
In addition to the history of Ireland and Empire, the British Palestine Mandate, and British colonial policing, my research interests include the fate of the ‘losers’ in the Irish Revolution (particularly the R.I.C. and the Coastguard), police counterinsurgency, Irish foreign policy, Irish-Jewish history, Irish-Israeli relations, and the history of Zionism and the Israeli state.
Ireland and Empire, Royal Irish Constabulary, Colonial policing, Police counterinsurgency, Irish Revolution, British Palestine Mandate, Zionism, Israel Studies.
Seán William Gannon (Professional Historian)
|Committees & Associations||
Military History Society of Ireland
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2016-17.
*The Irish Imperial Service: Policing Palestine and Administering the Empire, 1922-1966 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
*'"From the Isle of Saints to the Holy Land": Irish encounters with Zionism in the Palestine Mandate' in Aidan Beatty & Dan O'Brien (eds), Irish questions and Jewish questions: crossovers in culture (Syracuse UP, Aug. 2018).
* '"Black-and-Tan tendencies": policing insurgency in the Palestine Mandate, 1922-48' in Brian Hughes and Fergus Hoban (eds), Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp 67-88.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
* ‘The formation, composition and conduct of the British Section of the Palestine Gendarmerie, 1922-26’, Historical Journal, 56 (2013), 977-1006.
* ‘“Sure it’s only a holiday”: the Irish contingent of the British (Palestine) Gendarmerie, 1922-1926’, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 13 (2013), 64-85.
*Eugene Hoade: Jerusalem's turbulent Irish priest, 1928-56 (History Ireland, 27/6 (2019).
* 'Schools of corruption': the sources for Sean South's Antisemitism (Old Limerick Journal, 44 (2010), pp 16-24.
*The Black and Tans in Palestine: Irish Connections to the Palestine Police, 1922-1948 (The Irish Story, 20 Feb. 2020).
*The Black and Tans and Auxiliaries: An Overview (The Irish Story, 13 Jan. 2020)
*Ireland's Imperial Elites (Dublin Review of Books, no. 116, Nov. 2019)
*‘Had we Englishmen in their places …’: Sir Michael O'Dwyer and Amritsar (Irish Diaspora Histories Network, Mar. 2019)
*‘Hybridized Britons’ or ‘irredeemably Irish’? Irish-imperial identities in the twentieth century (Irish Diaspora Histories Network, Nov. 2018) https://irishdiasporahistory.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/hybridized-britons-or-irredeemably-irish-irish-imperial-identities-in-the-twentieth-century/)