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Shadow of a Taxman Poster

Villanova faculty, staff, students and friends are cordially invited to join us on Monday, March 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner for a presentation by Robin Adams, DPhil, titled “Shadow of a Taxman: Who Funded the Irish Revolution (1919-21)?”

Adams will discuss his recently published book Shadow of a Taxman (Oxford, 2022) which “investigates how the unrecognized Irish Republic’s money was solicited, collected, transmitted, and safeguarded, as well as who the financial backers were and what might have influenced their decision to contribute.”

Dr. Robin Adams is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. He graduated from Oxford University with a DPhil in economic and social history in 2019. His doctoral research, on the funding of the Irish Revolution, won the Economic History Society’s Thirsk-Feinstein prize for best dissertation in economic or social history and the Economic History Association’s Gerschenkron prize for best dissertation in economic history focusing outside North America. His first monograph, Shadow of a Taxman: Who Funded the Irish Revolution? was published by Oxford University Press in 2022. The same year, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

This event, co-sponsored by the Center for Irish Studies and Falvey Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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