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.
Mary E. Daly - author of Sixties Ireland: Reshaping the Economy, State and Society, 1957–73
J. J. Lee - author of Ireland, 1912–1985: Politics and Society
Charles Townshend - author of Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion
Kevin Braam Source: H-War
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