Irish history has always turned on a variety of axes or 'turning points,' beyond the accounts of high politics. In acknowledging the profound changes that have shaped new approaches to research and writing within the historical discipline, Irish historiography now embraces not only the re-examination of pivotal events, but also eclectic dimensions that further enrich our understanding of the broader narrative. This collection explores themes such as: political murders during Ireland's Revolutionary period, the nature of women's employment and political activity, Easter Rising, Irish neutrality, and the Northern peace process. Contains contributions by leading scholars in this new assessment of modern Irish history.
What did the Easter Rising really change? / Peter Hart -- Ending war in a 'sportsmanlike manner': the milestone of revolution, 1919-23 / Anne Dolan -- Women's political rhetoric and the Irish revolution / Jason Knirck -- The problem of equality: women's activist campaigns in Ireland, 1920-40 / Maria Luddy -- Nuanced neutrality and Irish identity: an idiosyncratic legacy / Thomas E. Hachey -- Modernity, the past and politics in post-war Ireland / Enda Delaney -- 'Ireland is an unusual place': President Kennedy's 1963 visit and the complexity of recognition / Mike Cronin -- Sex and the archbishop: John Charles McQuaid and social change in 1960s Ireland / Diarmaid Ferriter -- Turmoil in the sea of faith: the secularization of Irish social culture, 1960-2007 / Tom Garvin -- The Irish Catholic narrative: reflections on milestones / Louise Fuller -- Some fitting and adequate recognition: a new direction for civic portraiture in nineteenth-century Ireland's industrial capital / Gillian McIntosh -- The origins of the peace process / Thomas Hennessey
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