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TitleRemembrance of the Great War in the Irish Free State, 1914–1937 [electronic resource] : Specters of Empire / by Mandy Link
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript VII, 217 p. online resource


This book focuses on how Irish remembrance of the First World War impacted the emerging Irish identity in the postcolonial Irish Free State. While all combatants of the “war to end all wars” commemorated the war, Irish memorial efforts were fraught with debate over Irish identity and politics that frequently resulted in violence against commemorators and World War I veterans. The book examines the Flanders poppy, the Victory and Armistice Day parades, the National War Memorial, church memorials, and private remembrances. Highlighting the links between war, memory, empire and decolonization, it ultimately argues that the Great War, its commemorations, and veterans retained political potency between 1914 and 1937 and were a powerful part of early Free State life.


1 Introduction -- 2 ‘The Flooding Sorrow’: The Great War, 1914-1918 -- 3 No Man’s Land Endures: The Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921 -- 4 ‘Suffering does not stop when the shooting does’: The Irish Civil War, 1922-1923 -- 5 ‘The emblem of sleep for the dead – and “dope” for the living’: Armistice Day, the Flanders Poppy and the National War Memorial, 1924-1932 -- 6 Conclusion: Peace in the Free State? 1932-1937 --

Great Britain-History Historiography Imperialism Civilization-History Military history History of Britain and Ireland. Memory Studies. Imperialism and Colonialism. Cultural History. History of Military.


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