Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution 1912-1923

Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution 1912-1923


Edited by John Horne, Edited by Edward Madigan, Contributions by Paul Bew, Contributions by Fintan O'Toole, Contributions by William Mulligan, Contributions by Anne Dolan, Contributions by Catriona Pennell, Contributions by Ian Adamson, Contributions by Keith Jeffrey, Contributions by Heather Jones

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  • Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
  • Format: Paperback | 175 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 190899617X
  • ISBN 13: 9781908996176
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 12 colour illustrations, illustrations
  • Sales rank: 790,974

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This book arrives on foot of a decade of commemorations. Contemporary Ireland was founded during the fractious years 1912-1923. From the signing of the Ulster Unionists' Solemn League and Covenant to the partitioning of the country and subsequent Civil War in the Irish Free State, a series of events shaped Ireland for the century to come. Not least of these was World War I. This volume, edited by John Horne, features essays by leading historians, journalists, civic activists and folklorists. The outstanding body of scholarship offers an array of new views in the incendiary debate on how to remember a divided past. The book is organised into three sections: histories, memories and commemorations. The first section picks through the backgrounds of war and violence in the European and Irish revolutionary contexts. In the second section personal histories drawn from community and family memories are told. The third section contains the most heated contributions on the dangers and opportunities of commemorations. This collection is framed around a ten year period, yet it takes the reader towards a richer understanding whole of the twentieth century, allowing for an open and creative engagement with the past of war and revolution.

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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 20th 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). Paul Bew received his doctorate at the University of Cambridge and has been Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast since 1991. He is a cross-bench peer serving on the London Local Authority Bill Select Committee and acts as secretary to the All Party Group on Archives. He is also an honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Member of Royal Irish Academy. He has written articles for the Times and the Guardian, and has appeared on the Today programme. He is the author of two Thomas Davis Lectures which were broadcast on RTE and subsequently published. His most recent monograph, 'Enigma: A New Life of Charles Stewart Parnell', has just been published by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin. He is also the editor of 'A Yankee in de Valera's Ireland', the memoir of David Gray, US ambassador in Dublin during the Second World War.