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This volume is about the commemoration of the Irish Civil War. Working from the perspective of the winners of a war no one wished to fight, it examines how the memory of the victor's dead is treated in public and private spheres. This is achieved through examination of the methods and rituals of commemoration. The book's importance, and its main difference from other books, lies in its close examination of the legacy of civil war bitterness in Ireland, a legacy which has, until now, been largely assumed and misunderstood.
Acknowledgements; Introduction: civil war and the politics of memory, 1923-2000; 1. The elephant on Leinster Lawn: a cenotaph to civil war; 2. 'History will record the greatness of Collins': Michael Collins and the politics of memory; 3. The forgotten president: the awkward memory of Arthur Griffith; 4. 'Who is the fool Pat?': soldiers and the selective memory of civil war; 5. 'Shows and stunts are all that is the thing now': ceremony and the collective memory of conflict; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.