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Forgetful Remembrance
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Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster

Guy Beiner


What happens when a society attempts to obscure inconvenient episodes in its past? In 1798, Ulster Protestants—in particular Presbyterians—participated alongside Catholics in the failed republican rebellion of the United Irishmen. In subsequent years, communities in counties Antrim and Down that had been heavily involved in the insurrection reconciled with the newly formed United Kingdom and identified with unionism. As Protestant loyalists closed ranks in face of resurgent Catholic nationalism, with many joining the Orange Order, Presbyterians had a vested interest to consign their rebel past ... More

Keywords: cultural memory, forgetting, folklore, oral traditions, modern Ireland, Northern Ireland, commemoration, nationalism, unionism, historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy Beiner, author
Professor of Modern History, Ben-Gurion University