Spring Lecture Series
THE DECADE OF CENTENARIES: IRELAND IN 1919
“Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923”
by Maurice Walsh
“Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923” is Maurice Walsh’s widely acclaimed history of the Irish revolution, placing Ireland within the global disorder born of the First World War.
For too long, the story of Irish independence and it’s aftermath has been told within an Anglo-Irish context. However, Ireland was also part of a wider civilisation in turmoil and in this era of Bolshevism and jazz, developments in Europe and America had a profound effect on Ireland in the immediate post-war years.
“Bitter Freedom” was described by historian Joseph Lee as “the most ambitious attempt yet to capture the essence of the Irish revolution…. a remarkable achievement- perceptive, beautifully composed and wide-ranging- a contribution of enduring importance to our understanding of Irish history”.
Maurice Walsh teaches history at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. He has worked for the Irish Times and as a foreign correspondent and documentary maker for the BBC across the world. He writes for the Guardian Weekend magazine, the London Review of Books, the Dublin Review and the New Statesman amongst others. His previous book was “The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution”.