Ep272 – The political and social history of Ireland in WW1 – Dr Niamh Gallagher & Prof Richard Grayson

Dr Niamh Gallagher,  University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History at the Faculty of History, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge and Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History, Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London discuss Niamh’s recent book Ireland and the Great War. This is a a new social and political history of Ireland during the First World War. It considers why following the outbreak of European hostilities, large sections of Irish Protestants and Catholics rallied to support the British and Allied war efforts but less than two years later the Easter Rising of 1916 allegedly put a stop to the Catholic commitment in exchange for a re-emphasis on the national question. Her book is published by CUP.