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History and Memory in Modern Ireland


Ian McBride, Alan Ford, Roy Foster, Niall O Cosáin, Kevin O'Neill, Luke Gibbons, David Officer, David Fitzpatrick, Joep Leerssen, Edna Longley, D. George Boyce
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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521793667

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  • Discussing the relationship between the past and the present in Irish society, this 2001 title outlines the ways in which Irish identities have been shaped by oral tradition, icons and images, rituals, and re-enactments. It examines pivotal moments in Irish history, such as the 1798 rebellion, the Famine, the Great War, and the Northern Ireland troubles, investigating the ways in which they have been recalled, commemorated and mythologised. Beginning with the conviction that commemoration has its own history, the essays address questions concerning the workings of communal memory. How have particular political and social groups interpreted, appropriated and distorted the past for their own purposes? How are collective memories transmitted from one generation to the next? Why does collective amnesia work in some situations and not in others? What is the relationship between academic history and popular memory?

    • Tackles a complex subject which is central to the study of nationalism and national identity in Ireland
    • Examines pivotal moments in Irish history such as the 1798 rebellion, the Famine and the Great War
    • Includes new work by many of Ireland's leading historians and literary critics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a highly impressive work.' History

    'There is much to be learned from the authors in this collection … this book is a commendable and balanced attempt to relate perceived memory to actual history in the current political context.' Irish Democrat

    'McBride is to be commended for compiling his universally contentious History and Memory in Modern Ireland.' Irish Political Studies

    'This collection of essays, from a variety of perspectives, challenges assumptions and provides fresh ideas on the study of memory and its interactions with history, whether documented, oral or visual. The book is enhanced by excellent illustrations.' James Kelly, St. Patrick's College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521793667
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: memory and national identity in modern Ireland Ian McBride
    2. Martyrdom and memory in the seventeenth century Alan Ford
    3. Remembering 1798 Roy Foster
    4. Famine memory and the popular representation of scarcity Niall O Ciosáin
    5. The star-spangled shamrock: memory and meaning in Irish America Kevin O'Neill
    6. 'Where Wolfe Tone's statue was not': Joyce, monuments and memory Luke Gibbons
    7. 'For God and for Ulster': the Ulstermen on the Somme David Officer
    8. Commemoration in the Irish Free State: a chronicle of embarrassment David Fitzpatrick
    9. Monument and trauma: varieties of remembrance Joep Leerssen
    10. Northern Ireland: commemoration, elegy, forgetting Edna Longley
    11. 'No lack of ghosts': memory, commemoration and the state in Ireland D. George Boyce.

  • Editor

    Ian McBride, King's College London
    Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1967, Ian McBride is Lecturer at King's College London, having previously been Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Durham, 1996–2000. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, University College London, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dr McBride's publications include The Siege of Derry in Ulster Protestant Mythology (1997), Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century (1998) - which was shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs memorial prize - and, co-edited with Tony Claydon, Protestantism and National Identity: Britain and Ireland, c. 1650–c.1850 (1998).


    Ian McBride, Alan Ford, Roy Foster, Niall O Cosáin, Kevin O'Neill, Luke Gibbons, David Officer, David Fitzpatrick, Joep Leerssen, Edna Longley, D. George Boyce

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