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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.


'A timely contribution to the ongoing debate on memory and commemoration in Ireland; this authoritative collection of essays, which examines two of the most significant events in Ireland's 'decade of centenaries', is important both for scholars and for those who are currently involved in commemorative events.'

Mary E. Daly - author of Sixties Ireland: Reshaping the Economy, State and Society, 1957–73

'In Remembering 1916 Richard Grayson and Fearghal McGarry have assembled an impressive list of contributors, mainly from outside the Irish Republic, to explore several important but often neglected issues concerning the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland from a variety of perspectives. The range of topics and approaches significantly enriches potential understanding, through whatever blend of agreement and disagreement, of a truly remarkable event, making this one of the most significant studies to emerge from the explosion of recent research on this extraordinary episode in Irish and Irish diasporic history.'

J. J. Lee - author of Ireland, 1912–1985: Politics and Society

'This wide-ranging collection provides a wealth of unusual perspectives on the memorialization of the rebellion over the last century.'

Charles Townshend - author of Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion

'Grayson and McGarry have provided a collection of work that is insightful and filled with new scholarship.'

Kevin Braam Source: H-War

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