The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 29 April 2018

The History Show

The History Show

On this week's programme - The Windrush Generaton; The Columbia University Protests of 1968; our April book club choice is Inglorious Empire which surveys two centuries of British misrule in India; and we preview a major conference in Maynooth on Karl Marx. 

Windrush Generation

Windrush Generation

Last week, the UK government apologised for their threats to deport Caribbean-born citizens, who were granted the right to live and work in Britain after the Second World War. Kate O'Malley talks to Myles about the controversy surrounding the so-called Windrush Generation.

Columbia University Protests

Columbia University Protests

50 years ago this week, in April of 1968, college students at New York’s Columbia University took over the campus in protest. At the height of the demonstrations against the Vietnam War, the actions at the University were among the most highly visible and effective. Jonathan Creasy went to New York and found out more.

What The British Did to India

What The British Did to India

Our book club choice for this month is on the subject of British Colonialism and its aftermath. The book is Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, by Indian historian and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor. It’s a polemical work which surveys the devastation caused by two centuries of British misrule of its so-called Indian Empire.

This book was inspired by a 2015 Oxford Union debate, where Tharoor delivered a speech on the topic "Does Britain owe reparations to its former colonies?" The video of that debate went viral at the time, and the wide praise his speech received spurred him to write Inglorious Empire, which offers a blistering critique of Britain’s colonial past.

Joining Myles to discuss the book are Doctor Chandana Mathur, lecturer in Anthrology at Maynooth University; Dermot Dix, Headmaster at the Headfort School in Kells, County Meath; and Kate O’Malley of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.

Marx Conference

Marx Conference

Chandana Mathur previews a major Marx conference taking place in Maynooth on the 4th and 5th of May. It's called The ReBirth of Marxism: haunting the future. Click here for more information. 

Also you can click here to read conference co-organiser Conor McCarthy's article in the current Dublin Review of Books entitled 'Why Marx? Why Now?'

Event - The History Show Festival

Event - The History Show Festival

Click here for the full event programme. 

The RTÉ Radio 1 History Show and Hinterland/Kells will collaborate again this year (having teamed up for Gallipoli 100 in 2015) in the first History Show Festival. A dozen leading historians will participate as the festival commemorates the centenary of 1918 and the fiftieth anniversary of 1968. 

In our ‘Remembering 1918’  strand Sergeant Paul Maher will examine changing roles of the RIC and the DMP at the end of the Great War. Dr.Emma Lyons of UCD will discuss the role of women in that conflict. RTE presenter Dr. David McCullagh will highlight the increasingly important role of the subject of his recent biography, Eamon de Valera, in Irish politics in 1918, while Dr.Ida Milne of TCD will assess the impact on Ireland of  the appalling influenza pandemic of that year. Professor Pauric Travers emeritus professor at DCU will examine the course of the Conscription crisis in April 1918 and beyond, while Liz Gillis, History Show researcher will underline the role played by women in the fight against involuntary enlistment.Broadcaster, archivist and History Show contributor  Catriona Crowe will assess the role that Irish suffragists played in the struggle for votes for women, and Professor Roy Foster will look at some of the most significant and influential members of the younger generation of Irish nationalist activists in 1918.
In ‘Remembering 1968’ Catriona Crowe will celebrate the ‘second wave’ feminists of the Women’s Liberation Movement. History Show presenter Dr. Myles Dungan will look at the pivotal 1968 U.S. Presidential election, fought on the hustings and the streets of America.Professor Glen Gendzel from San Jose State University will discuss some of the truisms and the myths of the Vietnam War. Berkeley, California historian Tony Bucher will cast his eye over the radical and subversive underground press in the Bay Area of the late 1960s. He will also mark the legalisation of cannabis in California by looking at the state’s relationship with ‘weed’ in the 1960s.

Event - Interrogating Markievicz

Event - Interrogating Markievicz

On the 11th and 12th of May, Richmond Barracks is hosting Interrogating Markievicz, a two day event of lectures and workshops. Click here for more information. 

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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.

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