Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora)

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"The most important monograph on Irish history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to be published in recent years." - Matthew Kelly, English Historical Review "A book of impressive scholarship and striking originality." - Gearoid O Tuathaigh, Field Day Review "Guy Beiner here shows himself to be a historian of unusual talent." - Marianne Elliott, Times Literary Supplement "Based on massive research.... [Beiner] demonstrates effectively how orally transmitted local memories have contributed to historical knowledge about the 1798 French invasion of western Ireland, as well as much else about the Irish past." - Choice "Accessible, full of intriguing detail, and eminently teachable.... Superb, painstaking scholarship that makes lasting contributions to Irish studies and to cultural and historical studies writ large." - Ray Cashman, New Hibernia Review"

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Remembering the Year of the French is a model of historical achievement, moving deftly between the study of historical events - the failed French invasion of the West of Ireland in 1798 - and folkloric representations of those events. Delving into the folk history found in Ireland's archives and rich oral traditions, Guy Beiner reveals alternate visions of the Irish past and brings into focus the vernacular histories, folk commemorative practices, and negotiations of memory that had gone largely unnoticed by historians. Though his focus is 1798, his work is also a comprehensive study of Irish folk history and of grassroots social memory.

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