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.
- Thomas Bartlett, Ireland: a history (Cambridge, 2010)
- Paul Bew, Ireland: the politics of enmity, 1789-2006 (Oxford, 2009)
- Diarmaid Ferriter, The transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (London, 2004)
- David Fitzpatrick, The two Irelands 1912-1939 (Oxford, 1998)
- Bryan A. Follis, A state under siege: the establishment of Northern Ireland, 1920-25 (Oxford, 1995)
- Robert Gerwarth & John Horne (eds), War in peace: paramilitary violence in Europe after the Great War (Oxford, 2012)
- Adrian Gregory & Senia Paseta (eds), Ireland and the Great War: ‘a war to unite us all’? (Manchester, 2002)
- D.W. Harkness, Ireland in the twentieth century: divided island (Basingstoke, 1996)
- Michael Hopkinson, Green against green: the Irish Civil War (Dublin, 1988)
- John Horne (ed.), Our War: Ireland and the Great War (Dublin, 2008)
- Alvin Jackson, Ireland 1798-1998: war, peace and beyond (Oxford, 2010)
- Keith Jeffery, Ireland and the Great War (Cambridge, 2000)
- Liam Kennedy & Philip Ollerenshaw (eds) Ulster since 1600: politics, economy and society (Oxford, 2012)
- Bill Kissane, The politics of the Irish Civil War (Oxford, 2005)
- J.J. Lee, Ireland 1912-1985: politics and society (Cambridge, 1989)
- Fearghal McGarry, The Rising: Ireland: Easter 1916 (Oxford, 2010)
- Charles Townshend, The Republic: the fight for Irish independence (London, 2013)
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.
- C.S. Andrews, Dublin made me (Dublin, 1979)
- Stephen Ball (ed.), A policeman’s Ireland: recollections of Samuel Waters, RIC (Cork, 1999)
- Tom Barry, Guerilla days in Ireland (Dublin, 1981) (1st published 1949)
- Joanna Bourke (ed.), The misfit soldier: Edward Casey’s war story, 1914-1918 (Cork, 1999)
- Dan Breen, My fight for Irish freedom (Dublin, 1981) (1st published 1924)
- Eiléan, Ní Chuilleanáin (ed.), ‘As I was among the captives’: Joseph Campbell’s prison diary, 1922-1923 (Cork, 2001)
- Brigadier-General F.P. Crozier, Ireland for ever (London, 1932)
- Elizabeth, Countess of Fingall, Seventy years young: memoirs of Elizabeth, Countess of Fingall told to Pamela Hinkson (Dublin, 1991) (1st published 1937)
- Thomas Fennell, The Royal Irish Constabulary: a history and personal memoir (Dublin, 2003)
- Wilmot Irwin, Betrayal in Ireland (Belfast, c.1940)
- Helen Litton (ed.), Kathleen Clarke: revolutionary woman (Dublin, 2008)
- Charles W. Magill, From Dublin Castle to Stormont: the memoirs of Andrew Philip Magill, 1913-1925 (Cork, 2003)
- Jeremiah Murphy, When youth was mine: a memoir of Kerry (Dublin, 1998)
- Emmet O’Connor & Trevor Parkhill (eds), Loyalism and labour in Belfast: the autobiography of Robert McElborough, 1841-1952 (Cork, 2002)
- Ernie O’Malley, On another man’s wound (London, 1936)
- P.S. O’Hegarty, The victory of Sinn Féin (Dublin, 1998) (1st published 1924)
- Ormonde Winter, Winter’s tale: an autobiography (London, 1955)
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