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This is the first book to give a unified picture of Ireland's experience of the First World War. Unlike any previous work it identifies the similarities of experience of constitutional nationalists, separatist republicans and unionists, and deals with civilian, social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as the purely military. The book also relates the experience of the war and its subsequent commemoration to the politics of twentieth-century Ireland, North and South, up to and including the recent peace process.Read more
- 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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"Keith Jeffery is one of the younger Irish historians, north and south, who have now stimulated a revival of academic interest in the subject...Jeffery has added a very useful bibliographical survey of recent studies, and the book is tellingly illustrated." Journal of Military HistorySee more reviews
"This book provides an excellent synthesis of social, cultural, and political dimensions of the Irish experience as they relate to the Great War, focusing on the themes of obligation, participation, imagination, and commemoration. It also offers a distinctively valuable perspective that will appeal to specialists and general readers alike." Albion
"Each lecture stands alone, but all are constructed on a foundation of scholarship at once extremely well informed and aggressively focused on this most seminal era in the evolution of modern Ireland." Stand To!
"The book is also well illustrated." The International History Review
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521292634
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
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
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