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Ireland and the Greater War 1912-1923

Monday 4 May 2015

What happens if we place Ireland’s war and revolution in the broader perspective of the Greater War — that cycle of violence that afflicted Europe and the wider world from 1912 to 1923? Does it make sense to see Ireland’s particular experience as part of a more general pattern? What additional insights does this provide on Ireland? Does the Irish case cast light on developments elsewhere, in Eastern Europe and the colonial world? These are some of the questions that John Horne will address through his lecture.


JOHN HORNE is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin. He is also the founder and Director of the Centre of War Studies at TCD.


He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne.


John is the author and editor of a number of books and more than eighty chapters and articles, many relating to the history of the Great War. Among the most recent are: his study (with Alan Kramer), German Atrocities, 1914. A History of Denial (New Haven, Yale, 2001), translated into German (2003) and French (2005); (ed.) A Companion to WorldWar One (Oxford, Blackwell-Wiley, 2010); (ed.) Vers la guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (Paris, Tallandier, 2010); and with Robert Gerwarth (ed.) War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2012).


John organized the Thomas Davis lectures on Irish national radio (RTE) on ‘Our War: Ireland and the Great War’ (published by the Royal Irish Academy, 2008), and edited (with Edward Madigan) Towards Commemoration: Ireland in the Decade of the Great War, 1912-1923, also published by the Royal Irish Academy, 2012.


He is working on a cultural history of France in the Great War.

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