The Irish Revolution was a module taught by renowned historian Professor Michael Laffan in the School of History at University College Dublin from the mid-1970's until his retirement in 2010. The course covers a tumultuous period in Irish history and examines the interaction of different groups (in particular unionists, moderate and radical
nationalists, and the British), the causes and impact of events (such as the Home Rule Crisis, the Easter Rising, and the Treaty), and patterns of continuity and discontinuity in the period spanning the First World War. In association with the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and historyhub.ie all 10 lectures were recorded.
Lecture 10 - The Irish Civil War.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution. Lecture 10 - The Irish Civil War.
Lecture 9 - Reaction to the Treaty and lead up to the Irish Civil War.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution. Lecture 9 - Reaction to the Treaty and lead up to the Irish Civil War.
Lecture 8 - The Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution. Lecture 8 - The Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Lecture 7 - The War of Independence/Anglo-Irish War.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution. Lecture 7 - The War of Independence/Anglo-Irish War.
Lecture 6 - The 1918 General Election.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution. Lecture 6 - The 1918 General Election.
Lecture 5 - Aftermath of The 1916 Rising and 1917 By-Elections.
Professor Michael Laffan's The Irish Revolution - Lecture 5. Aftermath of The 1916 Rising and 1917 By-Elections.
Too Good Not To Be Heard
Modern history of a nation proud now and free, so long relegated to virtual subhuman status by its British overlords, known to some, but needing to be known by all.
Professor Michael Laffan's 10 lecture series grants no sainthood to any, painting the verbal picture on both sides of "it is as it was".
Proud, relentless, unbending in its desire to be free of 700+ years of British domination, Irish patriots rose generation after generation to confront their tormentors, often spilling the blood of their own, as seen in the final lecture: The Irish Civil War.
Professor Laffan's concise presentation is reflective of his almost 40 years teaching this history module at the University of Dublin.
As a dramatic accompaniment to this series, I highly recommend RTÉ's Conspiracy Podcast - Trials Under The Union, available from iTunes also.
This four part dramatized series presents some of the most significant trials of Irish patriots between the Act of Union in 1801 and Irish Independence in 1922.
The radio series features the trials of Robert Emmet, Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and Roget Casement, as well as legal and social commentary by Irish legal scholars and historians.
The powerful and passionate witness statements of the accused ring as true today as the day their echoes began their long march through time.
A good lecture series.
This is the first lecture series I've listened to via podcast, and I have to say it was a good experience. I was a bit dissappointed that large chunks of the curriculum seemed to be handled in seminars, which were not recorded for this podcast. Nevertheless, I felt this was a useful treatment of topics like The Home Rule Party, The Easter Rising, The Anglo-Irish War, and The Irish Civil War.
My biggest complaint would be that Professor Laffan has the annoying habit so common to establishment historians of pretending to be "objective", leaving to the student the task of determining where the professor's biases actually lie. This is particularly confusing for students who did not grow up in Ireland or Britain and might therefore be unfamiliar with the ideological faultlines concerned. For my part, I found Laffan's treatment of the events to be oddly pro-Britain, to the point where I kept having to remind myself that I was, in fact, listening to an Irish professor lecturing in Ireland. Admittedly, this may be a product of my own unfamiliarity with the relevant orthodoxies, having grown up in the United States.
However, the level of detail and meticulous structure of the course speaks of experience and goes a long way to make up for the flaws. I find myself inclined to recommend this course for those who, like me, know embarassingly little about the events in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century and wish to know more. Surely, it is a fine starting point.