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Remembering 1916

The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland

Remembering 1916

A new book entitled Remembering 1916 has been released by Cambridge University Press, edited by Fearghal McGarry form Queen’s University Belfast and Richard S. Grayson Goldsmiths, University of London.

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.

Available in both hardback (978-1-107-14590-0) and paperback (978-1-316-50927-2) from Cambridge University Press. To order this title click here.


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Dr Margaret O'Callaghan
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Dr Margaret O'Callaghan is a senior lecturer in politics in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast. She is the co-author, with Mary E Daly, of "1916 in 1966: Commemorating the Easter Rising" and a contributor to "Remembering 1916 The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland" published by Cambridge.

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