Not Such a Long Way to Tipperary: Retracing Opposition to the First World War in Irish Popular Culture, 1914-1918


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars




For residence at the Huntington Library during academic year 2017-2018


This project tracks the dynamic counterculture that emerged in Ireland between 1914 and 1918 in opposition to World War One. Exploring links between the era’s cinema, literature, and richly varied popular press, “Not Such a Long Way to Tipperary” reveals the complex ways that Irish modernist culture was fueled by the war and the fascinating coalition of suffragists, filmmakers, nationalists, writers, and trade unionists that combined to oppose it. Accounts of Ireland and WWI tend to focus on the experiences of Irish soldiers and efforts to develop popular support for the war. This study of the forgotten counterculture opposing the war resituates the Irish home front as a space of electrifying conflict and creativity that radically reframes the impact of WWI and sheds important new light on the war’s overlooked connections to the Irish revolution with which it coincided.