War and Memory

Johnston McMaster & Cathy Higgins

1912-1922 was a critical decade of change and violence in Ireland. The events of the decade need to be seen together and not in isolation from each other. It shaped the socio-political landscape in Ireland for the rest of the 20th century and the unresolved issues of that time contributed to the more recent, violent conflict.

The defining event of the decade was the Great War (1914-1918). This book attempts to reflect on the Great War and memory through an ethical prism. It begins with the imperial context, essential for a critical understanding of the world that went to war. The book ends with the affirmation that humans always have choices, which means that there were and always are alternatives. The 20th century could have been different and so can the 21st, depending on our choices.