High School History Recap

#7 The Troubles with Prof Liam Kennedy

November 13, 2022 William H Palk, Colin du Plessis and Prof Liam Kennedy Season 5 Episode 7
High School History Recap
#7 The Troubles with Prof Liam Kennedy
Show Notes

We delve into some Irish history with Prof Liam Kennedy. Liam has published a myriad of books on Irish history. We look closely at his 2020 book "Who was responsible for the Troubles".

These are some of the questions we try to answer:

  • What is a brief definition of the Troubles?
  • What period are we looking at?
  • Is Ireland part of the UK?
  • What is at the heart of the violence of the Troubles?
  • Which events led up to the Troubles?
  • How did the division/partition of the island of Ireland come about?
  • Why are the Troubles often described as a religious conflict?
  • How does Irish English differ from British English?
  • What are the roots of the ancient Gaelic language? What does it sound like?
  • How did markers like Catholicism and Protestantism perpetuate divisions?
  • Why does this division not extend to the Irish rugby team?
  • Which events between the 1920s and 1960s laid the foundation for the Troubles?
  • What was the nature of the Civil Rights Movement in Ulster?
  • How successful was the Civil Rights Movement in bringing about equality in Northern Ireland?
  • How did the IRA differ from the provisional IRA?
  • Did the Republic of Ireland support the provisional IRA?
  • What was the international extent of the Troubles?
  • Why is December 1969 considered a turning point in the start of the Troubles?
  • What was the nature of the conflict during the Troubles? What were Bloody Sunday and Bloody Friday?
  • Who is responsible for starting/perpetuating the Troubles?
  • Who were the leaders of the IRA?
  • Why is the role of regional paramilitary groups so obscure?
  • Why can't the Troubles be seen as a binary conflict?
  • How did the Good Friday Agreement come about?
  • How did Brexit change the dynamic on the island of Ireland?
  • Who is the new IRA?

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