Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912 – 1923
John Horne and Edward Madigan (eds.)
How should we commemorate the past? What are the potential benefits and dangers? How does commemoration relate to history? Contemporary Ireland, north and south, was founded in the decade 1912-1923. From the signing of the Ulster Unionists’ Solemn League and Covenant to the partitioning of the country and subsequent Civil War in the Irish Free State, a series of events shaped Ireland for the century to come. Towards Commemoration features eighteen thought-provoking essays by leading historians, journalists and civic activists debating how to make the most, and avoid the worst, of the centenary decade.
The volume arises from a project led by the Centre for War Studies (CWS), Trinity College Dublin, in association with the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco and the editors along with several of the other contributors are closely associated with the CWS.
Ian Adamson, Tom Hartley, Paul Bew, Fintan O'Toole, Tom Burke, Anne Dolan, David Fitzpatrick, Paul Clark, John Horne, Keith Jeffery, Pierre Joannon, William Mulligan, Brian Hanley, Edward Madigan, Catriona Pennell, Stuart Ward, Jay Winter, Fearghal McGarry, Heather Jones
A Companion to World War I
A Companion to World War I, edited by Professor John Horne, was published by Blackwell in April. This ground-breaking volume brings together a team of distinguished historians from 10 countries who contribute 38 substantial and thought-provoking chapters. The book opens with a section on the state of the world before 1914, as it prepared for war without anticipating its true nature, and concludes with an examination of the conflict's military, diplomatic, and cultural legacies. In addition to covering the military history of the war and the individual states involved, contributors explore major themes such as war crimes, occupations, film, and gender.
Reflecting the latest historical research, this Companion enriches our understanding of the origins, nature, and impact of what remains one of the most devastating events in modern history.
Read the Introduction to the Companion.
Revolution in Ireland: Popular Militancy 1917 to 1923
Revolution in Ireland: Popular Militancy 1917 to 1923 by Conor Kostick was published in November 2009 by Cork University Press.
Revolution in Ireland is an engaging and highly original account of the War of Independence, with a focus on the trade union movement, but with analysis of the major figures and political parties of the years 1917 - 1923.
It details the extraordinary militancy of the working class across all thirty-two counties and discusses in depth events such as the Limerick Soviet of 1919. It stresses the large scale and considerable impact of mass action and labour activism, challenging traditional interpretations that focus almost exclusively on the role of armed groups. There is a full account of the strikes, factory occupations and land seizures that shook Irish society. It details popular involvement in the struggles of those years, paying particular attention to the socialist and trade union movement. This revised edition consists of a comprehensive rewrite that updates the work in the light of recent publications and the release of new archive materials. In particular, this new edition includes new eyewitness accounts from the archives of the Bureau of Military History including the testimony of notable trade union activists, an extension of the account of the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers (28 June 1920), and extra information on Michael Collins' intelligence system.
After reading this book, there can be no doubt about the importance of the working class movement in the struggle for independence, but why didn't the enormous scale of popular revolt lead to a strong Labour or Communist party in Ireland? Kostick attempts to answer this question with a close examination of the political debates in the workers' movement.
Further information about the book is available from Cork University Press
‘Soldiers and Civilians in Combat: Norms and Excesses’. Workshop and Book Launch
A Centre for War Studies workshop on the theme of ’Soldiers and Civilians in Combat: Norms and Excesses’ was held in Trinity College on April 24th. The event was the first in a series of workshops hosted by the Centre that will focus on broad themes in the area of war studies that are relevant to war studies across chronologies, disciplines, and nationalities. Papers were given on the origins of concentration camp systems, post-war paramilitary violence in Ireland and Poland, Cromwell's campaign in Ireland, codes of military conduct during the Thirty Years War, the siege of Jerusalem in 1099, and the civilian experience of war in late republican Rome. The workshop was followed by a wine reception at which a volume of research-driven essays on the First World War, entitled Untold War, was officially launched.
This ground-breaking collection of essays on the Irish experience of the First World War was launched at the Royal Irish Academy in November 2008. This book, edited by John Horne with contributions from some of the leading historians in the field, tells the story of the most costly war in Irish history which saw over 200,000 Irish soldiers fighting and up to 50,000 dying. It relays the experience of ordinary Irish people during the war and chronicles the effect this war had, and continues to have, on Irish society. Soldiers in the trenches, volunteer nurses, politicians, women and the workforce are all examined. Archival letters, diaries, wills and illustrations are reproduced which document the pride, fear, anxiety and sorrow felt by soldiers, nurses, sweethearts, families and friends. The publication of the book accompanied the RTÉ Radio 1 series Our War: Ireland and the Great War which was broadcast in November and December 2008. To order a copy of Our War visit the Royal Irish Academy website.
Contributors: John Horne, Catriona Pennell, Philip Orr, Paul Bew, David Fitzpatrick, Caitríona Clear, Niamh Puirséil, Jane Leonard, Terence Brown, Keith Jeffery.
Micheál Ó Siochrú’s recent book on Oliver Cromwell’s Irish campaign, God’s Executioner, was released in a paperback edition in August 2008. Cromwell spent just nine months of his eventful life in Ireland, yet he stands accused there of war crimes, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing. In a century of unrelenting, bloody warfare and religious persecution throughout Europe, Cromwell was, in many ways, a product of his times. As commander-in-chief of the army in Ireland, however, the responsibilities for the excesses of the military must be laid firmly at his door, while the harsh nature of the post-war settlement also bears his personal imprint. A warrior of Christ, somewhat like the crusaders of medieval Europe, he acted as God's executioner, convinced throughout the horrors of the legitimacy of his cause, and striving to build a better world for the chosen few. Dr Ó Siochrú’s book tackles the Cromwell myth and, drawing on new archival evidence, offers key insights into the actions of an Englishman who has cast a very long shadow in Irish history. The Guardian review of God’s Executioner.
A documentary on Cromwell's Irish campaign presented by Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú was broadcast in September 2008 on RTE 1: see http://www.rte.ie/tv/cromwellinireland/
This important new volume of articles on different aspects of the First World War, Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies, will be officially launched in Dublin in March. The book, edited by Heather Jones, Jennifer O’Brien, and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, is the product of a major international conference held at Trinity College in 2005 and introduces the work of some of the younger scholars in the field. Complex, brutal and challenging, the First World War continues to inspire dynamic research and debate. The third volume to emerge from the pioneering work of the International Society for First World War Studies, this collection of new essays reveals just how plural the conflict actually was – its totalizing tendencies are shown here to have paradoxically produced diversity, innovation and difference, as much as they also gave rise to certain similarities across wartime societies. Exploring the nature of this 'plural war,' the contributions to this volume cover diverse themes such as combat, occupation, civic identity, juvenile delinquency, chaplains, art and remembrance, across a wide range of societies, including Germany, France, Britain, German colonial Africa, Belgium and Romania. With chapters on both military and cultural history, this book highlights how the first total war of the twentieth century changed social, cultural and military perceptions to an untold extent. To buy a copy of Untold War, visit Brill Books.
Contributors: Alan Kramer, Dan Todman, Claudia Siebrecht, Vanessa Ther, Jan Vermeiren, Wencke Meteling, Daniel Steinbach, Aurore François, Edward Madigan, Catriona Pennell, François Bouloc, Sonja
Müller, Joëlle Beurier, Lisa Mayerhofer, Heather Jones, Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, Jennifer O'Brien.
The Social Structure of the First Crusade
Conor Kostick's pioneering book on the First Crusade was published in 2008. The First Crusade (1096 – 1099) was an extraordinary undertaking. Because the repercussions of that expedition have rippled down the centuries, there has been an enormous literature on the subject. Yet, unlike so many other areas of medieval history, until now the First Crusade has failed to attract the attention of historians interested in social dynamics.
This book is the first to examine the sociology of the sources in order to provide a detailed analysis of the various social classes which participated in the expedition and the tensions between them. In so doing, it offers a fresh approach to the many debates surrounding the subject of the First Crusade. Written in a scholarly yet engaging style, Dr Kostick’s book offers a wealth of insight into the human experience of one of the great upheavals of the middle ages. To buy a copy of The Social Structure of the First Crusade, visit Brill Books.Back to top