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Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath

Diarmaid Ferriter (editor)
Susannah Riordan (editor)
Publication date:
1st November 2015

Author Biography

Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland's best-known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009), and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012). His most recent book is A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1 913-23 (2015). He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. Susannah Riordan is a lecturer in the School of History, University College Dublin. Her main research interests lie in the fields of Irish and British social, religious and intellectual history and in the history of sexuality. She has published numerous articles on these topics and is the co-editor, with Catherine Cox, of Adolescence in Modern Irish History (2015). She is currently the Secretary of the Irish Historical Society.


Years of Turbulence powerfully showcases many new perspectives on the Irish revolutionary period of 1912-23, through the vivid and provocative scholarship of leading and emerging historians. The contributors to this fascinating collection not only focus on new angles, they also revisit traditional assumptions, and elaborate on some of the central, current debates on the revolutionary period. Many muted voices of the revolution are given a platform for the first time in these pages. The collection demonstrates a determination to uncover personal experiences and protests that until now have remained relatively undocumented and ignored. Such themes as the experience of violence in its various forms, the specific circumstances of individual counties, tensions between constitutionalism and radicalism, between elites and the grassroots, the extent to which the IRA's campaign was effectively co-ordinated and controlled, as well as the challenge of writing about women and what they experienced, are deeply considered.Historians in this collection also recognise the need to address, not just events of the revolutionary period, but its afterlife, assessing what the revolution and its leaders came to symbolise, the extent to which a hierarchy of benefit existed in its aftermath, and what the implications were for survivors.Making use of a variety of recently released archival material - including censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, the Bureau of Military History collection, the Military Archives and Service Pensions Collection - Years of Turbulence reveals a fascinating web of different experiences during the revolutionary era and is a fitting contribution, not only to the pioneering scholarship of renowned historian Michael Laffan, who this collection honours, but also to the current decade of commemoration of the centenary of the revolution. The book is richly illustrated with rare images of the period from the Des FitzGerald collection.