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The Cork International Exhibition 1902-1903: A Snapshot of Edwardian Cork

The Cork International Exhibition 1902-1903: A Snapshot of Edwardian Cork

Daniel Breen and Tom Spalding

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Limited Hardback edition. A vivid and fascinating account of Irish arts and industry in Edwardian Cork at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century.
In this accessible and attractive book, beautiful illustrations accompany an involving contextualisation of life in Cork City at the beginning of the twentieth century. Focusing on the International Exhibition of Manufacturers, Arts, Products and Industries, a monumental event which opened its doors in the summer of 1902 and which Cork City has not paid witness to before or since, local historians Daniel Breen and Tom Spalding provide an enlightening account of an Irish city during a time when civic and cultural life was celebrated in the spirit of the age, and not obscured by the divisive politics that severely marked the preceding century and following decade. This book provides a picture of Edwardian Cork, going beyond reportage to instil a real sense of the age. The International Exhibition was emblematic of this remarkably cooperative period, seeing individuals of strongly opposing political backgrounds working in unison and interacting with a huge array of international exhibitors from as far away as Russia, China and Turkey. As an exhibition devoted to art and industry, the Cork International Exhibition acted as a focal point that expanded upon contemporary art, architecture, music, sports and more. Filled with coloured illustrations of archival material, this elegant book presents a complete picture of the astonishing scale and vibrancy of this immense occasion in Ireland's social history. Exhibitions of this kind were showcased in major global cities such as London, Paris, Glasgow, St Louis and Chicago; the fact that it came to a burgeoning city such as Cork ahead of Belfast or Dublin, was of historic import within Ireland. Table of Contents Introduction: Coming Out of the Shadows 1. The Opening Day: A City on Display 2. Timekeepers of Progress: The International Exhibition Tradition and the City of Cork 1852-1904 3. Defining Ireland: Exhibitions and Politics 4. 'Not Grit Enough': Committees, Funding, Location and Style 5. The Architecture of the Cork International Exhibition 6. Exhibition Exhibits 7. Amusements, Entertainments and Royal Visits 8. Exhibiting Culture: Displaying Art, Music and Sport 9. The Legacy of the Cork Exhibitions

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Author Daniel Breen and Tom Spalding
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 1 Sep 2014
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780716532309

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