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ENDURING RUIN, the effect of war on Irish environments – rural, urban, natural and built-up
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Nov 24, 2022, 5:11 AM ET
Justin Dolan Stover reveals the story of the nature, scope and embodiment of destruction in Ireland during the revolutionary period.
The Irish Revolution inflicted unprecedented damage to built-up and natural landscapes between 1916 and 1923. Destruction transcended national and ideological divisions and remained a fixture within Irish urban and rural landscapes years after independence, presenting an Ireland politically transformed yet physically disfigured. ENDURING RUIN: Environmental Destruction during the Irish Revolution examines how and to what degree revolutionary activity degraded, damaged and destroyed Ireland’s landscapes. This book represents the first environmental history of the revolutionary period and in doing so incorporates the roles animals, earth, water, trees, weather, and man-made infrastructure played in directing and absorbing revolutionary violence. The author traces the militarisation of private and public spaces, and how the destruction of monuments renegotiated Ireland’s civic spaces and colonial legacy. It considers Crown force reprisals, agrarian disputes, and sectarian division as amplifying Ireland’s contested spaces, where environmental damage occurred in the vacuum of public order. The decade of commemoration presents the opportunity to challenge traditional narratives and examine Ireland’s revolutionary experience afresh. As such, this book re-evaluates conventional interpretations and introduces new arguments; in doing so, it pioneers a new phase in the study of the Irish Revolution.
Published by UCD Press, ISBN 9781910820834 RRP €30/£25 available nationwide from Tuesday 22 November.
Notes to Editor
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About the author
Justin Dolan Stover is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Department of History at Idaho State University. He has published articles in several Irish studies journals including Éire-Ireland and Irish Historical Studies.
• The Destruction of Dublin: Easter 1916
• Contested Spaces & Militarised Landscapes
• Ireland’s Fifth Column: Environment & Landscape in the War of Independence
• ‘The Curse of Ananias Greenwood’: Crown Force Reprisals & Displacement
• Cultivating Environmental Victimhood in Ireland and Abroad
• Destruction in the Fog of War
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