The Irish War of Independence: Fighting the British Empire with Jennifer Carbery

The Irish War of Independence: Fighting the British Empire with Jennifer Carbery


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Ireland's fight for freedom escalated at the end of the Great War, a pivotal time in European history. Many believed World War One was fought to defend the liberty of small nations, and Ireland hoped to be one of those tiny nations protected. This seminar will explore the events leading up to the War of Independence and the guerrilla warfare that ensued between an underground rebel militia and British forces in Ireland.

Historian Jennifer Carbery will put the chain of events that lead up to the Irish War of Independence in context. Starting with Ireland’s elections in January 1919 and the rise to power of the Sinn Fein party in Dublin and moving through guerilla attacks in the midlands city of Tipperary, she will trace the connections that ultimately lead to the declaration of Martial Law across the island. With (the first) Bloody Sunday on November 21,1920, we will see how retaliatory killings from both sides caused a ‘tit-for-tat’ conflict: atrocity and counter-atrocity building until the bitter end.

We will end the seminar with a discussion of the Anglo-Irish truce declared in May 1921. By that time, the IRA was running low on men and ammunition, and the British Government was growing weary of the seemingly endless war. International support for the rebels had waned. We will conclude with the signing of the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty Between Great Britain and Ireland, on the 6th of December, at 2.15 am.

Jennifer Carbery will offer a seminar on the Irish Civil War, following this lecture chronologically. It is not required to attend both sessions

Jennifer works with historical research around Ireland's complex history. She studied Anthropology and History as a mature student and upon completion she worked in Archaeology; digging the land for treasure. She has her own business providing research and content for historic sites, events, and radio. She teaches, assesses, and trains students, guides, and learners in history. She has written several apps for tours within Ireland.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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