This is a history of Belfast, from its beginnings as a river-crossing, through its centuries of radical politics and commercial enterprise to the nightmare of the Troubles.
A history of an Irish city based on the best- selling "Belfast – An Illustrated History" by Jonathan Bardon. It is now established as the definitive book on the subject. A history of Belfast from its beginnings as a river-crossing, through its centuries of radical politics and thrusting commercial enterprise, to the 1980s. Extracts from contemporary letters, newspapers and official reports, together with the memories of ordinary men and women, enrich the lucid and compassionate narrative, vividly evoking the daily life of the city.
Historic locations include Castle Junction, High St, Clifton House. Jonathon Bardon addresses themes of emigration to America in the 1700s depression, 1880 riots and sectarianism, workers’ strikes in 1907 and 1930s and the effects of Home Rule, World War 1 & 2. Bardon also gives an insight into the socio economic conditions for the people of Belfast – rent riots, bad housing conditions, cheap child labour, catholic businesses...
Produced by Rodney Rice
Presented by Jonathon Bardon
First broadcast 28th February 1983
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