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Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising Rois-N Higgins

Transforming 1916: Meaning, Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Rois-N Higgins

Published April 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781859184868
Hardcover
275 pages
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Winner of the The American Conference for Irish Studies 2012 James Donnelly Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social ScienceThe fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising has been held responsible for everything from the outbreak of conflict inMoreWinner of the The American Conference for Irish Studies 2012 James Donnelly Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social ScienceThe fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising has been held responsible for everything from the outbreak of conflict in Northern Ireland to the alienation of an entire generation in the Republic of Ireland. This book examines the myths behind the most elaborate commemoration of the Rising to date. Transforming 1916 explores the meaning and memory of the Easter Rising in 1966 and the way in which history operated in Ireland at a moment of rapid change. It looks at the commemorative process through parades, statues, pageants, television programs, exhibitions and documentary film- and considers the tensions present north and south of the border. It argues that the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising was not, in fact, an unrestrained celebration of Ireland s past but represented instead an attempt by the Irish government to convey a message of modernization and economic progress. Transforming 1916 casts light on what 1916 means in Ireland and illuminates the politics of commemoration as the centenary of the Rising approaches.