Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland

Grayson, Richard S. and McGarry, Fearghal, eds. 2016. Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316509272 [Edited Book]

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The year 1916 witnessed two events that would profoundly shape both politics and commemoration in Ireland over the course of the following century. Although the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme were important historical events in their own right, their significance also lay in how they came to be understood as iconic moments in the emergence of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach drawing on history, politics, anthropology and cultural studies, this volume explores how the memory of these two foundational events has been constructed, mythologised and revised over the course of the past century. The aim is not merely to understand how the Rising and the Somme came to exert a central place in how the past is viewed in Ireland, but to explore wider questions about the relationship between history, commemoration and memory.

Item Type:

Edited Book

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316550403

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History

Date:

26 February 2016

Item ID:

16248

Date Deposited:

20 Jan 2016 12:13

Last Modified:

19 Jun 2020 11:11

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/16248

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