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PostPatrick and Edward Mears's "Irish Recruits in the British Armed Forces" (John Eipper, USA, 06/23/19 2:07 pm)
WAISworld's father-son scholarship team, Pat and Eddie Mears, have written an extremely informative monograph on Irish soldiers in the British military during the period 1800-1923. We've uploaded it to the "Books and Monographs" page of the WAISworld site. Scroll to the final entry:
How many of you were aware of the massive Irish contributions to the victories of Trafalgar and Waterloo? No one fights harder than an Irishman, the stereotype goes, but demographics also played a deciding role: taking the "Queen's Shilling" was a quick path out of poverty and destitution. Also, Ireland's population in 1841 was about 8 million, while England and Wales combined were just over 16 million (a 2 to 1 ratio). Contrast that today with 6.5 vs 65 million (ten-to-one).
It seems that Ireland is the only major nation with a lower population today than during the 19th century. (Some smaller island nation/groups are in the same boat, such as the Azores.)
Excellent work, Pat and Eddie! I am grateful you've chosen WAIS to publish this important study.