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Lecture 10th December 2018

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World War I, its causes re-evaluated
“The Great War was entirely England’s fault”?

The next GAHS talk commemorates the centenary of the end of World War I and will look at the series of events which led to its outbreak. The origins of the war lie far previous to the now traditional explanations which are mainly confined to the 37 days of the July Crisis in 1914. The centenary of the war and related events has attracted much scholarly attention of late which has brought to the public attention that the “official” explanations of the causes of the war bear little resemblance to what actually happened. Some scholars have been particularly brave in challenging the conventional view like British historian Prof Niall Ferguson. The publisher’s summary of his book states, “The Pity of War makes a simple and provocative argument: the human atrocity known as the Great War was entirely England’s fault.” Challenging convention is an endeavour fraught with danger as English historian Dan Snow can attest due to receiving hate mail after arguing that glorifying the “awfulness and tragedy” of WWI belittles the service of every British soldier. There are also serious gaps in the popular literature as the authors of most books on the subject of the World War I, pay little heed to the actual causes of the war beyond the July Crisis and are in a great hurry to jump into a trench and get stuck into battles, tactics and gore.… Read the rest

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Lecture List – New Season 2018/19

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Date2018/19 Season of TalksSpeaker
Sep 10thVotes for Women and Political Citizenship: suffrage campaigners in the West of Ireland.Mary Clancy
Oct 8thAmhrain agus Danta Raiftearai (a bi-lingual lecture)Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle
Nov 11th*Ruaidhri O Flaithbheartaigh and his books.
(A special lecture which will take place at Station House Theatre, Clifden.)
Prof. Richard Sharpe
Nov 12th*Title: TBA
(A second special lecture to be held in conjunction with NUI, Galway.)
Prof. Richard Sharpe
Nov 12thThe ‘auld stock’ take on the ‘strawmen’: the 1918 General Election and polital change in Galway TownDr. Conor McNamara
Dec 10thWorld War I, its causes re-evaluated.Eugene Jordan

2019

Jan 14thSpanish Armada and GalwayPeadar O’Dowd
Feb 11thRoscommon Castle, the Otherworld and the True CrossProf. Tadgh O’Keeffe
Mar 11thTitle: TBADr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Apr 8thTraditional Irish DanceHubert Jennings

All lectures, with the exception of the two marked with *, will take place at the Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway at 8pm
on the second Monday of the month during the season.Read the rest