And speaking of 1916 March 27, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
This from the Guardian/Observer interested me – not least for the range of opinions (some predictable) on display, but also for the very fact that the paper saw fit to talk to authors rather than, say, historians (and what of this, which surely is arguably misleading in the context of commemorations of the Rising more broadly).
One thing that also strikes me, and Brian Hanley and others have made this point before, so it’s not new, is the way in which issues from or closer to 2016 are projected backwards onto events which took place in a radically different socio-economic and political context and how 1916 is regarded by some as the genesis for attitudes and approaches that took place after and which seem to have marginal connection to it. The obvious one is the ever constant refrain that 1916 was somehow the initiator of 1969 onwards – which is problematic on a number of different levels. But there are others.
Yet foundational events will always have that capacity to provide both a touchstone and, in a way, something to blame.