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Optional further reading

Each week the team will recommend further reading that will help you to explore in more detail some of the questions that the course raises.

This is not compulsory reading, but we hope that it will give you just a brief introduction to the range of much wider critical debate going on about some of the issues we raise in this course. The exchange of ideas and interpretations of the past is a key part of how historians develop their studies, so we would encourage you to engage, where you can, with the suggested readings and also texts available from your local library, local bookshop or through online retailers such as Amazon.

This week’s readings will provide you with a broad general overview of the period so you can familiarise yourself with the key events and chronological developments before moving on, in the weeks ahead, to ask questions of those developments and of the priorities some of the authors perhaps emphasise.

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Memoirs began to be written quite soon after war and revolution in Ireland, and over the decades a wide range have been published. They present a variety of insights that often tell as much about the period that they were published in as they do about the past they deal with.

This is just a very small sample for you to consider.

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