Our War: Ireland and the Great War

Our War: Ireland and the Great War

Hardback The 2008 Thomas Davis Lecture Series

Edited by John Horne

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  • Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 238mm x 36mm | 1,139g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 1904890504
  • ISBN 13: 9781904890508
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, Illustrations (some col.), ports., facsims.
  • Sales rank: 737,134

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This is an illustrated collection of essays by leading historians on how the Great War affected Ireland. It finally provides an Irish perspective on the Great War of 1914-18 which, as has often been forgotten, saw over 200,000 Irish soldiers enlist in the British Army and over 30,000 lose their lives. It relays the experience of ordinary Irish people during the conflict and chronicles the devastating impact this war had, and still has, on Irish society. The lives and deaths of soldiers in the trenches, volunteer nurses, women, politicians and the workforce are all carefully considered. Archival letters, diaries, wills and drawings, advertisements and photographs are reproduced in this sparkling colour volume that documents the pride, fear, anxiety and sorrow felt by soldiers, nurses, sweethearts, families and friends.

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John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is an executive member of the Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne and has published widely on twentieth- century France and the comparative history of the First World War. Recent books are (ed.) A Companion to World War One (Oxford, 2010); (ed.), Vers la guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (Paris, 2010); and (edited with Robert Gerwarth), War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War, 1917-1923 (Oxford, 2012). He organized the Thomas Davis lectures on RTE 1 in 2008, published as Our War: Ireland and the Great War (Dublin, 2008, new ed., 2012) and co-edited Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution 1912-1923, published by the Royal Irish Academy (Dublin, 2013).