Irish public histories as an historiographical problem

  title={Irish public histories as an historiographical problem},
  author={John M. Regan},
  journal={Irish Historical Studies},
  pages={265 - 292}
  • J. Regan
  • Published 1 November 2010
  • History
  • Irish Historical Studies
It is now almost impossible to reflect upon the historical reputations of Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins without considering the recent war in Northern Ireland (c. 1969–97) and the challenges to Irish identities it has induced. In the Republic this is evident in the movement away from irredentist nationalism toward official recognition of partition, following a constitutional referendum in 1998. Against a similarly barometric historiography, de Valera and Collins's historical… 
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