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Sous les pavés … The Troubles

Northern Ireland, France and the European Collective Memory of 1968


Chris Reynolds

Recent studies on the impact of 1968 have focussed on transnational perspectives. The scope and nature of the rebellions go far beyond the stereotypical frameworks that have dominated traditional representations. As the diversity of this ‘year’ of revolt gains greater currency, the case of 1968 has emerged as a critical lens through which to examine the question of transnational collective memories. This book addresses the dominance of the French mai 68 in the way the events are remembered at a European level. Through a comparison with the French events, this study explores how the memory of Northern Ireland’s 1968 has been marginalised and argues a case for its inclusion on the list of countries that make up this Europe-wide period of revolt.
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← 8 | 9 → Acknowledgements


I would like to thank all of those who have directly or indirectly helped me put this study together. In particular, my thanks go to those who agreed to be interviewed for this project. My gratitude also to Professor Robert Gildea for granting me permission to use his interview material and for his advice and support. I would also like to thank Eamon Maher and Ute Winkelkötter at Peter Lang for their patience, my colleagues at NTU for their support and my indexer Nick James for his diligent and efficient work.

On a more personal note, I would like to thank my family and friends for their support during what has been a difficult and challenging period leading to the completion of this project. A special mention for my wonderful Mother who sadly passed away whilst I was writing this book. I have been fortunate to inherit just a fraction of her unbelievable determination and strength which have been essential in seeing this project through to its conclusion. I know that she would have been happy and proud to see this work come to fruition.

Rest in peace Mummy. ← 9 | 10 →

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