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On this week's programme - An Uneasy Truce in the second half of 1921; and how the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations began 100 years ago this week.
An Uneasy Truce
It's great to be back for another season of the programme, and as we return to the airwaves, we are of course straight into another hugely important event on the commemorative calendar - the centenary of the Treaty negotiations in London.
But before that could happen, there had to be a ceasefire. The truce that came into effect on the 11th of July 1921 brought an end to the Irish War of Independence - a conflict that had raged across Ireland for two and a half years. We're going to spend most of the programme looking at what exactly did happen during this period of truce.
We start by diving into The Collins Papers - one of the most popular archival collections in the Miltary Archives, which holds communications between top level IRA commanders. To talk about this, Myles is joined by Lisa Dolan, Head of Readers Services, Education and Outreach at the Military Archives.
Then we ask - what was the reaction to The Truce from the combatants on both sides, and were there any breaches of this armistice in the second half of 1921? Myles is joined by historian and author Liz Gillis, and Dr. Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, author of the book Truce: Murder, Myth and the Last Days of the Irish War of Independence
Downing Street Diary - Negotiations Begin
This new series of The History Show lines up nicely with the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations that took place in London a century ago, between October and December 1921.
In the coming weeks and months we'll be occasionally presenting Downing Street Diaries - checking in on what was happening in London during this crucial period.
Myles is joined by Dr. Darragh Gannon, Lecturer in Irish Studies at University College Dublin, who has been looking at the extensive archival material on the negotiations in both London and Dublin.