New Book: 1920s Ireland

Horse & Cart
Corner of Clonmel Street and Harcourt Street, Dublin, 1920s
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I have previously mentioned how I am writing a chapter on political posters for a book on 1920s Ireland, which I am co-editing with Dr Mel Farrell (NUIM) and Dr Jason Knirck (Central Washington University).  We have just agreed a contract with Irish Academic Press to publish the book in early 2015.

The 1920s have been relatively neglected, although recent scholarship — John M. Regan’s The Irish Counter-Revolution, my own The Cosgrave Party and Jason knirck’s forthcoming Afterimage of the Revolution — has resulted in greater examination of that decade’s governing party, Cumann na nGaedheal.  This anthology draws together established and upcoming academics working in Ireland, Britain, America and Australia to offer new perspectives on a wider range of topics, some of which have been noticeably absent from the historiography of the period.

Divided into three sections, the book explores the experience of the 1920s through the themes of politics, economics and identity.  Chapters on loyalty, treason, religion and citizenship make an original contribution, while those exploring the party system, Republican socio-economic thought, the 1923 Land Act, the Shannon Scheme and the consolidation of the state of Northern Ireland offer new insights.

Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

I am Head of History and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. I am the author of 'The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-1933' (Royal Irish Academy, 2010) and 'A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987' (Palgrave, 2013). I also co-edited 'A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s' (Irish Academic Press, 2015) and 'Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century' (Palgrave, 2017).

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