Years of Turbulence

The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath

Edited by Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan

Years of Turbulence

Edited by Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan

Distributed for University College Dublin Press

322 pages
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781910820070 Published April 2016 For sale in North America only
Years of Turbulence powerfully showcases many new perspectives on the Irish revolutionary period of 1912-23, through the vivid and provocative scholarship of leading and emerging historians. The contributors to this fascinating collection not only focus on new angles, they also revisit traditional assumptions, and elaborate on some of the central, current debates on the revolutionary period. Many muted voices of the revolution are given a platform for the first time in these pages. The collection demonstrates a determination to uncover personal experiences and protests that until now have remained relatively undocumented and ignored. Such themes as the experience of violence in its various forms, the specific circumstances of individual counties, tensions between constitutionalism and radicalism, between elites and the grassroots, the extent to which the IRA’s campaign was effectively co-ordinated and controlled, as well as the challenge of writing about women and what they experienced, are deeply considered.Historians in this collection also recognise the need to address, not just events of the revolutionary period, but its afterlife, assessing what the revolution and its leaders came to symbolise, the extent to which a hierarchy of benefit existed in its aftermath, and what the implications were for survivors.Making use of a variety of recently released archival material - including censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, the Bureau of Military History collection, the Military Archives and Service Pensions Collection - Years of Turbulence reveals a fascinating web of different experiences during the revolutionary era and is a fitting contribution, not only to the pioneering scholarship of renowned historian Michael Laffan, who this collection honours, but also to the current decade of commemoration of the centenary of the revolution. The book is richly illustrated with rare images of the period from the Des FitzGerald collection.
Contents
Abbreviations Acknowledgements Diarmaid Ferriter & Susannah Riordan - Introduction Eamon O’Flaherty - Michael Laffan, Portrait of a Historian William Murphy - ’Voteless Alas’ - Suffragist Protest and the Census of Ireland in 1911 Paul Rouse & Ross O’Carroll - Sport and War - The 1915 All-Ireland Hurling Championship Brian Maye - Michael Keogh - Recruiting Sergeant for Casement’s Irish Brigade Conor Mulvagh - A Souring of Friendships? - Internal Divisions in the Leadership of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the Aftermath of the Easter Rising Shauna Gilligan - Painting Pictures and Telling Tales - The Scholarly and Popular Portrayal of Patrick Pearse, 1916-27 Katie Lingard - Physical Force within the Bounds of Political Constraints - GHQ’s Role in the War of Independence Marie Coleman - Violence Against Women During the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21 Anne Dolan - ’Spies and Informers Beware Una Newell - ’Have We Been Playing at Republicanism?’ - The Treaty, the Pact Election and the Civil War in Co. Galway Diarmaid Ferriter - ’Always in Danger of Finding Myself with Nothing at all’ - The Military Service Pensions and the Battle for Material Survival, 1925-55 Marnie Hay - From Rogue Revolutionary to Rogue Civil Servant - The Resurrection of Bulmer Hobson Tom Garvin - The Making of Irish Revolutionary Elites - The Case of Sean Lemass Clara Cullen - Select Bibliography Notes Index.
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