Commemorating the Irish Civil War: History and Memory, 1923-2000

Commemorating the Irish Civil War: History and Memory, 1923-2000

by Anne Dolan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521026989

ISBN-13: 9780521026987

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

After civil war, can the winners commemorate their victory, hailing their conquering heroes with the blood of their former comrades still fresh on their boots? Or should they cover themselves in shame and hope that the nation soon forgets? In this new book, Anne Dolan explores the tensions between memory and forgetting in twentieth-century Ireland. By examining the…  See more details below

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After civil war, can the winners commemorate their victory, hailing their conquering heroes with the blood of their former comrades still fresh on their boots? Or should they cover themselves in shame and hope that the nation soon forgets? In this new book, Anne Dolan explores the tensions between memory and forgetting in twentieth-century Ireland. By examining the memory of winning the Irish Civil War, she discusses the extent to which it has been used to serve party political ends, where private grief finds consolation when the dead have fallen from political favour, and how the dead are remembered when no one wanted to fight the war. The book addresses the Irish Civil War at its most public point: at the statues and crosses, and in the ritual and rhetoric of commemoration. It will be of central interest to all students and scholars of European history and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521026987
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #13
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Civil war and the politics of memory1
1The elephant on Leinster Lawn: a Cenotaph to civil war6
2'History will record the greatness of Collins'? Michael Collins and the politics of memory57
3The forgotten President: the awkward memory of Arthur Griffith100
4'Who is the fool Pat?' Soldiers and the selective memory of civil war121
5'Shows and stunts are all that is the thing now': ceremony and the collective memory of conflict147
Conclusion199
Bibliography203
Index230

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