Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland

Richard S. Grayson, Fearghal McGarry

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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 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)9781316509272
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Easter Rising
  • Somme
  • Memory
  • commemoration


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