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Frank Dikötter in conversation with Isabella Jackson After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward, Chairman Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate his enemies. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge China of bourgeois, capitalist elements by subjecting them to public humiliation, imprisonment and torture. This third volume in Frank Dikötter's ground-breaking 'People's Trilogy' is a devastating reassessment of the history of the People's Republic of China. Frank Dikötter is a…Find out more »
Phil Scraton and Adrian Tempany in conversation with Paul Howard On 15th April 1989, 96 men, women and children who attended an FA Cup match in Sheffield never came home. Victims of criminal negligence and complacency, they died needlessly and what followed would compound the agony of their loved ones for decades. In April 2016, an inquest jury finally ruled that the victims were unlawfully killed. Hillsborough illustrated how the interests of ordinary people are marginalised when those in authority…Find out more »
Geoffrey Roberts in conversation with Judith Devlin Joseph Stalin was a voracious reader. Mostly he read government documents and the revolutionary classics but he also read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Cervantes and Balzac. By the time he died his library contained some 20,000 volumes. The books in Stalin’s personal library provide vital clues to what motivated his thoughts and actions. Geoffrey Roberts discusses the intellectual range behind the legendary monster. Geoffrey Roberts is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Royal Irish…Find out more »
John Bowman in conversation with Patrick Geoghegan Ireland: The Autobiography offers a fresh, vivid take on the last century of Irish life through a brilliant collection of eyewitness accounts and recollections. Broadcaster and historian John Bowman has spent years mining archives, diaries and memoirs to create a remarkably varied and intense mosaic of voices and perspectives. Collectively, they give us an image of Ireland unlike anything we've read before/ Dr John Bowman is a historian and broadcaster. Ireland: The Autobiography: Eyewitness…Find out more »
Alex Von Tunzelmann in conversation with Dr Baláza Apor Blood and Sand is essential to our understanding of the modern Middle East, and the problems of oil, religious fundamentalism and international unity that still face the world today. It is a tale of conspiracy and revolutions, spies and terrorists, kidnappings and assassination plots, the fall of the British Empire and the rise of American hegemony. The fascinating cast of characters includes Nasser, Anthony Eden, Eisenhower, Khrushchev and Ben-Gurion. Alex von Tunzelmann…Find out more »
Allan Mallinson & Hugh Sebag-Montefiore in conversation with Jennifer Wellington Historical debate about World War I now boils down to views: the "Blackadder", Lions-led-by-Donkeys view of senseless carnage orchestrated by blimpish generals; or the view that the generals have been much maligned and actually achieved a stunning victory despite the enormous human cost. Here, in the Centenary year of The Somme, two eminent military historians offer their interpretations of the "war to end all wars" Hugh Sebag-Montefiore is a journalist…Find out more »
Dublin’s Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution with Richard S. Grayson
For the first time, the story of the Dubliners who served in the First World War and the Irish Revolution is told as a series of interconnected ‘Great Wars’. Hear the full scope of Dubliners’ First World War service, far beyond the well-known Dublin ‘Pals’, with at least 35,000 serving and over 6,500 dead. Irish nationalist support for Britain going to war in 1914 can only be understood in the context of the political fight for Home Rule, influencing why so many Dubliners were hostile to the Easter Rising.Find out more »
TEN HISTORIES: 10 researchers explain 10 approaches to history in association with the Irish Research Council
What is history? What are the most exciting current approaches to discovering our shared background? Ten early-career historians, funded by the Irish Research Council, tell a story from their current research. They will introduce the audience to their approach to history, and how it works. One presentation for each approach – from medievalism to imperial history, from geographic information systems to experimental archaeology and more. Expect to hear interesting history tales across many geographies, genres and eras – all in just five minutes each!Find out more »
No regime of the twentieth century has prompted such interest or such a body of literature as Hitler's Third Reich. This is an accessible, compelling, sometimes shocking guide to the Third Reich that has been collated and presented by one of the world's leading historians of Nazi Germany.
The photographs gathered by Roger Moorhouse range from documents and postcards to weapons and personal effects such as Hitler's Mercedes, the Messerschmitt 262, the Luger pistol, the Tiger Tank and of course the Swastika and Mein Kampf.
Many of us are descended from servants, shop workers and those who kept the shops supplied, like seamstresses, milliners and piece workers. Mainly women, they were among the largest groups of Victorian workers - so their history is our shared history. Pamela Cox will share insights from her BBC series, "Servants" and "Shopgirls" and present fascinating new fndings about the darker connections between these trades and high-end Victorian sex work. It's a world, hidden in plain sight, that only slides into view when we know where to look.Find out more »
Join Dublin City Public Libraries’s new Musician in Residence Ríona Sally Hartman as she leads the Pop-up “Suffrage” choir in the foyer of Printworks for a rendition of her new song, written specially for the festival in celebration of the 100th anniversary of votes for women. Historian in Residence Maeve Casserly will “set-the-scene” for 1918 and explain the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the landmark general election of 1918 when Countess Markievicz was elected. And you can join in the rehearsals and performance too!Find out more »
In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least fve million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that those Ukrainians perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy, but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.Find out more »
Michael Palin – former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globetrotter – brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its fnal rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in Canada in 2014. To shed light on one of history’s greatest exploration stories, he has travelled to various locations across the world to search for local information, and to experience the terrain and the conditions that faced the Erebus and her crew.
Booked out but walk-ups may be available on the night.
This feature documentary reveals the legacies of the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War and explores the impact of these events on the collective and personal memories of the Irish state and its people. Here are the ‘Keepers of the Flame’ of the title whose accounts of family stories, cherished memories, battles over status, survival and recognition of sacrifice provide a moving narrative of this post war generation. As with all wars there is the issue of official commemoration involving continuous disputes over legacy. The question of how a civil war, the most brutal and destructive of all wars, is to be commemorated is examined in the film, in the context of the upcoming 100th anniversary.Find out more »
HI-FIDELITY HISTORY: exploring the history podcast with Gillian Colton, Finbar Dwyer and Conor Mulvagh
We know that podcasts are enjoying an upsurge in popularity – people can listen to interesting topics on-the-go, as and where they want. How has the history world taken to this? How can you listen to history podcasts or become a practitioner in the feld?
Our panel, Gillian Colton, Finbar Dwyer, Conor Mulvagh and moderator Jennifer Redmond, will consider the issues.
Described in an Irish Times review as “mammoth and magnificent,” this definitive and visually compelling volume brings to life a pivotal time in Irish history and nation-building. A chronological and thematically organized treatment of the period serves as the core of the Atlas, enhanced by over 400 colour illustrations. This academic tour de force illuminates the effects of the Revolution on Irish culture and politics, both past and present.Find out more »
Ó 1912 ar aghaidh chonaic Éire frithghníomh, cogadh, éirí amach, cogadh saoirse, agus cogadh cathartha. Tá suim mhór á cur sa tréimhse seo céad bliain ina diaidh, agus tá neart eile le rá fúithi fós. Tabharfaidh staraithe aitheanta cainteanna ar ghnéithe éagsúla den saol corrach sin, agus pléifdh siad an tréimhse i gcoitinne mar phainéal. Agus iad ag tarraingt ar fhoinsí Gaeilge a ligtear i ndearmad go minic, beidh léargas úr ar leith acu ar imeachtaí na haimsire sin.
Is é Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh, údar 1916: Seachtar na Cásca, fear an tí, agus beidh deis agatsa páirt a ghlacadh sa díospóireacht.
Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented and courageous women who fought convention to make their names in the male dominated world of ﬂight – both were pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. There are many layers to their stories: Hanna tried to save Hitler’s life in 1945 while Melitta covertly supported the most famous assassination attempt on the Fuhrer in July 1944. Their overlapping lives provide a vivid insight into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race.Find out more »
2018 is the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Russian Royal family in Ekaterinburg after the Bolshevik Revolution. The myth of the secret escape of one of the Romanov princesses has been immortalised in plays, books and films but the question of how and why the Royal family were left to their fate at the hands of the revolutionaries remains a fascinating tale still to be fully explored. A decade in the making, The Race to Save the Romanovs includes a range of new and unseen sources from the archives including letters, diaries and telegrams. Free from conspiracy theories, it offers the most revealing, detailed and definitive account of the Romanov family and their cruel deaths.Find out more »
NEW - The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will deliver the closing address at the Dublin Festival of History. The Festival is honoured to have President Higgins close the 2018 Dublin Festival of History. Our Festival this year has a strong focus on women’s suffrage and on the Decade of Commemorations. President Higgins has made significant contributions to the public debate on these issues, drawing attention to the importance of embracing the complexity of our past, and our Festival always strives to explore the many narratives and genres of history.
This is a FREE event and there is no need to book tickets, all welcome on a first come, first served basis.