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Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957-1973 by Erika Hanna (review)

Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957-1973 by Erika Hanna (review) Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957­1973, by Erika Hanna, pp. 230. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. $110. Erika Hanna claims that one of her primary desires in researching and writing Modern Dublin was to "know more about the city, and understand its relationship both to the national story and to my own sense of identity." She more than accomplishes the first goal. Does she learn more about her own sense of identity? One suspects so; the text is not a memoir, but, by including a diverse selection of Dubliners' voices, Hanna causes the "identity" of each citizen, including herself, to become inextricably linked to the city and its history. Her introduction does an exceptional job of providing historical and cultural background to Dublin, while also including descriptions of the city by Raymond McGrath and photographs of streets and buildings that give the reader a sense of place, and of the changing urban landscape--notions that are hard to convey with simple facts alone. Throughout Modern Dublin, Hanna effectively charts the initial support in the 1950s for modern architecture in Dublin, which was mainly the result of global trends and a reflection of an improving economy. However, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Hibernia Review Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas

Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957-1973 by Erika Hanna (review)

New Hibernia Review , Volume 18 (1) – Mar 15, 2014

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Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957­1973, by Erika Hanna, pp. 230. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. $110. Erika Hanna claims that one of her primary desires in researching and writing Modern Dublin was to "know more about the city, and understand its relationship both to the national story and to my own sense of identity." She more than accomplishes the first goal. Does she learn more about her own sense of identity? One suspects so; the text is not a memoir, but, by including a diverse selection of Dubliners' voices, Hanna causes the "identity" of each citizen, including herself, to become inextricably linked to the city and its history. Her introduction does an exceptional job of providing historical and cultural background to Dublin, while also including descriptions of the city by Raymond McGrath and photographs of streets and buildings that give the reader a sense of place, and of the changing urban landscape--notions that are hard to convey with simple facts alone. Throughout Modern Dublin, Hanna effectively charts the initial support in the 1950s for modern architecture in Dublin, which was mainly the result of global trends and a reflection of an improving economy. However,

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Published: Mar 15, 2014

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