Dr Maurice Walsh

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Position Senior Lecturer in History, BA History and Journalism Course Convenor
Department History
Email M.Walsh (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Maurice Walsh

Dr Maurice Walsh is convenor of the BA History and Journalism. His research is focussed on media and culture in the 20th century, particularly the convergence of journalism, political ideas and literary culture.  He is currently working on a book about Graham Greene’s travels through the 20th century.

He is the author of Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923 (published in the United States in 2016 by Liveright and in the UK in 2015 by Faber & Faber), a vivid account of the struggle for Irish independence which places the conflict in context of the global disorder born of the First World War.  It was a Book of the Year choice in The Irish Times.

His previous book The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution (I.B. Tauris, 2008), was a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ choice in 2008. It analyses the political dynamics of media representations during a colonial war, exploring the political engagement of journalists and writers in the context of the new world order emerging after the First World War.

Maurice Walsh grew up in Ireland and worked for The Irish Times in Dublin and Belfast before becoming a correspondent in Central America during the revolutionary upheavals of the 1980s. As a foreign correspondent and documentary maker for the BBC he has reported from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Europe. He has lived in Managua, Santiago and Mexico City. His essays, reviews and reportage have appeared in Granta, Guardian Weekend magazine, the London Review of Books, the Dublin Review, the New Statesman and many other newspapers and magazines


PhD, Goldsmiths, 2006

Harry Ransom Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017-18

Alistair Horne Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford 2010/11

Knight Wallace Fellow, University of Michigan in 2001



BA Second d and Third year:

The Age of News, 1850-1990

Maurice also teaches on the First Year modules, Dictators, Wars and Revolutions and Concepts and Methods


Selected Publications:

  • “Media and Culture in Ireland 1960-2008” in Richard Bourke and Ian McBride (eds), The Princeton History of Modern Ireland, (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2016) pp 253-270
  • “Denis Johnston, War Correspondent” in Dorothea Depner and Guy Woodword (eds), Writing Home: Irish Culture and Wartime Europe, 1938-1948 (Dublin:  Four Courts Press, 2015) pp 148-160
  • “The leader writer: James Woulfe Flanagan” in Kevin Rafter (ed), Irish Journalism Before Independence: More a Disease than a Profession (Manchester: Manchester University Press 2011) pp 62-79


  • “Greenland’s Mining Dilemma” in The Guardian Weekend Magazine, January 28, 2017
  • “Latin Grammar”, review of Viva la Revolución: on Latin America by Eric Hobsbawm in The Tablet, October 20, 2016
  • “Catapulted into World History”, review of Easter 1916 exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery in Source: The Photographic Review, Issue 85, Spring 2016



Walsh, Maurice . 2015. Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 1918-1923. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571243006

Book Section

Walsh, Maurice . 2016. Media and Culture in Ireland 1960-2008. In: Richard Bourke and Ian McBride, eds. The Princeton History of Modern Ireland. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, pp. 253-270. ISBN 9780691154060

Walsh, Maurice . 2015. Denis Johnston, War Correspondent. In: Dorothea Depner and Guy Woodward, eds. Irish culture and wartime Europe, 1938–48. Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 148-160. ISBN 9781846825620


Walsh, Maurice . 2006. Foreign Correspondents & the Irish Revolution 1918 - 1923. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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