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Discussing the relationship between the past and the present in Irish society, this title outlines the ways in which Irish identities have been shaped by oral tradition, icons and images, rituals, and re-enactments. It examines pivotal moments in Irish history, such as the 1798 rebellion, the Famine, the Great War, and the Northern Ireland troubles, investigating the ways in which they have been recalled, commemorated and mythologised. Beginning with the conviction that commemoration has its own history, the essays address questions concerning the workings of communal memory. How have particular political and social groups interpreted, appropriated and distorted the past for their own purposes? How are collective memories transmitted from one generation to the next? Why does collective amnesia work in some situations and not in others? What is the relationship between academic history and popular memory?
Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1967, Ian McBride is Lecturer at King's College London, having previously been Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Durham, 1996-2000. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, University College London, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dr McBride's publications include The Siege of Derry in Ulster Protestant Mythology (1997), Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century (1998) - which was shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs memorial prize - and, co-edited with Tony Claydon, Protestantism and National Identity: Britain and Ireland, c. 1650-c.1850 (1998).
Release date NZ
November 8th, 2001
Edited by Ian McBride
Country of Publication
13 b/w illus.
Cambridge University Press
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