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

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Overview

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.
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"This work is a groundbreaking study and an excellent contribution to Irish historiography." Journal of Military History
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Meet the Author

Anne Dolan is Research Fellow in Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Civil war and the politics of memory 1
1 The elephant on Leinster Lawn: a Cenotaph to civil war 6
2 'History will record the greatness of Collins'? Michael Collins and the politics of memory 57
3 The forgotten President: the awkward memory of Arthur Griffith 100
4 'Who is the fool Pat?' Soldiers and the selective memory of civil war 121
5 'Shows and stunts are all that is the thing now': ceremony and the collective memory of conflict 147
Conclusion 199
Bibliography 203
Index 230
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