Global Irish Research Network (GIRN) Seminar & Book Launch with Dr Gemma Clark

When:21 Nov 2014, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Who:Dr Gemma Clark


At the next meeting of the GIRN, Dr Gemma Clark launches her new book, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War, and presents the findings of this innovative study of the conflict (1922–23) over the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Whilst Ireland’s civil war was restrained in comparison with the grotesque paramilitary violence carried out in revolutionized Central Europe around the time, Gemma argues that great cruelties nonetheless were committed by and against soldiers, civilians and revolutionaries throughout the Irish conflict. Arson, intimidation and murder served to force land redistribution and to purge ‘disloyal’ religious and political minorities (namely Protestants, Unionists and former representatives of the British administration in Ireland) from the newly established Irish Free State.

Reviews of Everyday Violence:

'[This book] contains a wealth of human interest ... People who want to get below the surface of the revolution's final years will need books like this.'

Charles Townshend, The Irish Times


Gemma Clark studied History at the Queen’s College, Oxford, completing her doctorate in 2011. In October 2012, she took up her current position as postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW’s Global Irish Studies Centre. Her ongoing research project, ‘A History of Arson in Modern Ireland’, traces the development of criminal fire setting as a social and political protest tool, and places (typically non-lethal) Irish incendiarism in international perspective. In January 2015, Gemma will take up a new post, as Lecturer in British and Irish History, at the University of Exeter, UK

Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War is now available from Cambridge University Press.

Everyday Violence in the Civil War - book cover

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