Literary Programme 2018

Atlas of the Irish Revolution

Atlas of the Irish Revolution

John Borgonovo

Maritime Hotel

Mon 16 July 2018



Atlas of the Irish Revolution is the most comprehensive treatment of Ireland’s revolutionary years ever produced. It is a spectacular volume with just under 1,000 pages, a weight of 5kg and featuring hundreds of maps, photographs, paintings and other illustrations. President Higgins has described the Atlas of the Irish Revolution as a ‘scholarly masterpiece’.

The Atlas presents the history of the Irish Revolution in a vivid and exciting way, using many photos and archival documents that have rarely been seen by the Irish public. It covers all the key events and episodes from 1912 to 1923 – the Home Rule Crisis, the First World War and Easter Rising, the First Dáil and the War of Independence, the Treaty and Civil War – but also features sections on the roots of the revolution in the 19th century; the impacts, outcomes and legacies of these turbulent years; and how they have been remembered in literature, on film, in art and through public memorials.

Over 140 separate contributions from the leading scholars of the era deal with the revolution in all its complexity. Stories of individuals and parishes sit alongside large thematic and international studies to give a multifaceted picture of these transformative years.

As well as detailed military and political accounts, the often-neglected roles of women and workers are given their due, as are the experiences of Ulster Unionists, Southern Protestants and Irish people in British uniform. The crucial role of the Irish diaspora is also featured in this exhaustive and stimulating volume that is a must-have for anyone with an interest in how modern Ireland came into being.

Book of the Year at the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Book of the Year on RTE Radio 1’s Liveline

Atlas of the Irish Revolution is mammoth and magnificent… it should be read, consulted and savoured for many years to come by anyone with an interest in modern Irish history.’ Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times

‘This scholarly epic is a literal heavy hitter, but with its breadth of research, beautiful illustrations and attention to detail it is a true classic well worth a place on any (groaning) bookshelf.’ Sunday Times

Dr John Borgonovo lectures in the School of History at University College Cork, and coordinates UCC’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. He is the associate editor of the acclaimed Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017). An authority on revolutionary Ireland, he frequently appears in the national media. Among his many books, articles, and chapters are the monographs, The Dynamics of War and Revolution, Cork City, 1916-1918 (Cork University Press, 2014), and Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Fein Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-21 (IAP, 2007).