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Lecture Series: Uncovering the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921

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Events in Ireland from the truce of 1921 to the treaty negotiations that autumn and winter

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This three-part lecture series will take us through events in Ireland, from the truce in July 1921, to the treaty negotiations that autumn and winter. Michael Collins famously declared “I have signed my own death warrant,” but was the violence that followed the Treaty, inevitable? Was the Treaty a “steppingstone,” as Collins put it, a chance for Irish independence? Or was it, as Eamon de Valera called it, 'treason?' Examining the characters and motivations of both the Irish protagonists, and their British counterparts, Dr. Elizabeth Stack will illuminate the tense talks and the pressure the delegates were under, by looking at primary source documents including the correspondence of those involved. The controversy surrounding the machinations of the British government, the role of Ulster Unionists, and the actions of the plenipotentiaries, and the treaty itself will be examined.

Dr. Elizabeth Stack :

Dr. Elizabeth Stack is a native of Listowel, Co. Kerry. She is currently the Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany. She received her Masters degree in Anglo-Irish Relations in the 20th Century from UCD. In Ireland she taught High School before moving to the US.. She completed her PhD at Fordham University.

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