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Transforming 1916: Meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising
Transforming 1916: Meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising

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Authors: Roisín Higgins
Affiliation: Boston College-Ireland Dublin
Publication Year: Hardback April 2012
Pages: 288
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184868


The 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. Transforming 1916 looks at the commemorative process through parades, statues, pageants, television programmes, 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 modernisation 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.

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5 of 5 Ever since the outbreak of the Troubles the legac May 1, 2012
Reviewer: Alan Murdoch The Sunday Times from Republic of Ireland  
Ever since the outbreak of the Troubles  the legacy of 1916 has been particularly sensitive. In her forensically researched Transforming 1916: Meaning  Memory and the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising  Rois n Higgins reminds us that the 1966 jubilee was loaded with overtones of propaganda. She rejects David Trimble s view that those commemorations   an orgy of self congratulation   began the  destabilisation of Ulster   maintaining that explosive tensions inside Northern Ireland required no outside catalyst. But she accepts that tensions around the 1966 events  exacerbated the fault lines . Using state  Northern and international sources  Higgins uncovers much evidence to confirm the  managing  of public opinion through cultural events.

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