This book arrives on foot of a decade of commemorations. Contemporary Ireland was founded during the fractious years of 1912-1923. This volume features essays by leading historians, journalists, civic activists and folklorists. The outstanding body of scholarship offers a complexity of new views in the debate how to commemorate a divided past.
John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is an executive member of the Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne and has published widely on 20th century France and the comparative history of the First World War. Recent books are (ed.) A Companion to World War One (Oxford, 2010); (ed.), Vers la guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (Paris, 2010); and (edited with Robert Gerwarth), War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War, 1917-1923 (Oxford, 2012). He organized the Thomas Davis lectures on RTE 1 in 2008, published as Our War: Ireland and the Great War (Dublin, 2008, new ed., 2012). Edward Madigan is the Resident Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and a visiting fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. His work combines military, cultural and religious history and his main research interests are British faith and identity in wartime, and the British and Irish experience and memory of the Great War. He is a former IRCHSS and Princess Grace fellow and Associate Director at the TCD Centre for War Studies. As a historian of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, he has appeared on British, Irish, U.S. and Australian television. His first book, Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War, was published in 2011. Paul Bew received his doctorate at the University of Cambridge and has been Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast since 1991. He is a cross-bench peer serving on the London Local Authority Bill Select Committee and acts as secretary to the All Party Group on Archives. He is also an honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Member of Royal Irish Academy. He has written articles for the Times and the Guardian, and has appeared on the Today programme. He is the author of two Thomas Davis Lectures which were broadcast on RTE and subsequently published. His most recent monograph, 'Enigma: A New Life of Charles Stewart Parnell', has just been published by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin. He is also the editor of 'A Yankee in de Valera's Ireland', the memoir of David Gray, US ambassador in Dublin during the Second World War. Fintan O'Toole is a columnist with, and assistant editor of The Irish Times. He is adjunct professor at the school of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Limerick and Leonard Milberg lecturer in Irish Studies at Princeton. He has been drama critic for The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Times and the New York Daily News. His work on political and cultural issues has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was presenter of the BBC cultural magazine programme, The Late Show, and Literary Advisor to the Abbey Theatre. His many books include The Ex-Isle of Erin; Shakespeare Is Hard But So Is Life; A Traitor's Kiss: the Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan; White Savage: Sir William Johnson and the Invention of America; The Irish Times Book of the 1916 Rising and Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger. William Mulligan is a lecturer in modern European history at University College Dublin. He has written The Origins of the First World War (Cambridge, 2010) and The Creation of the Modern German Army (2005). Anne Dolan lectures in modern Irish history at Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include Commemorating the Irish Civil War: History and Memory 1922-2000 (Cambridge, 2003) and 'No surrender Here': the Civil War Papers of Ernie O'Malley (Dublin, 2007). She is currently working on a study of violence and killing in Ireland in the decade of the Great War. Catriona Pennell graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2008 with a PhD in modern British and Irish history. During her research, she was awarded two major scholarships: the R.B. McDowell-Ussher Fellowship from Trinity College, Dublin (2003-200