The History Show

The History Show

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The History Show Sunday 27 November 2016

The History Show

The History Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past

The History Show 27th November 2016

On this week’s show, we revisit 1950s Ireland – the decade when Ireland pivoted away from isolation and looked outward; we hear the story of the Syrian city of Aleppo, in happier times; and, we'll assess the legacy of Fidel Castro, who died this week.

1950s Ireland Revisited

1950s Ireland Revisited

We’re taking a closer look at the 1950s – the decade during which emigration reached levels so devastating that the very existence of the State was considered to be under threat.  It was the decade during which Ireland pivoted away from cultural and economic isolationism and turned outwards.  Who were the people and what were the forces that made that change possible?  Myles is joined by UCC sociologist, Niamh Hourigan; and by historian Kate O’Malley, who was Assistant Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy 1951-’57 which was published on Thursday.

Niamh’s book Rule-Breakers

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, 1951-57

Aleppo, in Happier Times

Aleppo, in Happier Times

After a week in which Aleppo, the Syrian City, has been very much in the news, writer Mary Russell has been remembering happier times in Aleppo, in a radio column for The History Show.

Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader, dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader, dies aged 90

Dr. Daniel Geary, Mark Pigott Associate Professor in American History at TCD on the life & times of Fidel Castro.

About The Show

Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

Join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

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