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Ireland and the Great War


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521292634

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  • This book explores the impact, both immediate and in its longer historical perspective, of the First World War upon Ireland across the broadest range of experience - nationalist, unionist, Catholic, Protestant - and in civilian social, economic and cultural terms, as well as purely military. Underscoring the work is a belief that the Great War is the single most central experience in twentieth-century Ireland and that the events of the war years, whether at home in Dublin during the Easter Rising or at the European battlefront, constitute a 'seamless robe' of Irish experience. The book also explores cultural responses to the war and its commemoration since 1918, up to the dedication of the Irish 'Peace Tower' in Belgium in November 1998. It argues that identifying and exploring the Irish Great War experience can contribute to the contemporary Irish peace process.

    • A unique, illustrated, concise account of what the Great War meant to all sections of Irish society, north and south, and what its memory means today
    • Draws on a wealth of artistic, literary and musical examples in order to demonstrate the cultural 'explosion' caused by the War
    • Explores the commemoration of the Great War in Ireland and elsewhere up to the dedication of the 'Peace Tower' in 1998
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… a wise and beautifully researched study into the most sombre period in Ireland's history of the last century. It is an essential guide which steers a careful political and military path'. Kevin Myers, Irish Times

    Review of the hardback: 'Modern Irish history has been graced by wonderful books which are adaptations of lecture series … This elegant work belongs in that tradition.' Adrian Gregory, The English Historical Review

    Review of the hardback: ' … a scholarly contribution … a must read for lovers of Irish history'. Irish Times

    Review of the hardback: 'Keith Jeffery's pioneering and splendid attempt to resurrect the war as a social and historical phenomenon in Ireland.' British Army Review

    Review of the hardback: 'These elegant essays bring a sense of gentle closure to an era both tragic and heroic. Ireland and the Great War will occupy a prominent place on the shelf of Irish historical literature.' Stand To

    Review of the hardback: 'Keith Jeffery's work is attractively produced and reasonably priced, and is sure to remain the standard work on Ireland and the Great War for many years to come.' War in History

    Review of the hardback: '… important new book … It is the first book on Ireland and the Great War which can meaningfully serve as an undergraduate textbook or a guide to Ireland's experience of the war for the interested general reader … sure to remain the standard work on Ireland and the Great War for many years to come.' War in History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521292634
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Obligation: 'Irishmen remember Belgium'
    2. Participation: Suvla Bay, the Somme and the Easter Rising: the military experience of the war, abroad and at home
    3. Imagination: onlookers in France: Irish cultural responses to the war
    4. Commemoration: 'Turning the 11th November into the 12th July': Irish politics and the collective memory of war
    Bibliographical essay.

  • Author

    Keith Jeffery, University of Ulster

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