Dublin Festival of History Podcast
Podcasts from the Dublin Festival of History, brought to you by Dublin City Council
The Dublin Festival of History is an annual free Festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries. The Festival has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling Irish and interna
Season 2017, Ep. 2
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there – Munich.Robert Harris’s spy thriller, Munich, set over the four days of the 1938 Munich Conference, confirms him as the pre-eminent historical novelist of our time. Robert Harris is the author of eleven bestselling novels including the Cicero Trilogy, Fatherland and An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.James Holland is a writer, broadcaster, and Second World War historian.The episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 29th September 2017.
First Confession: A Sort of Memoir
Season 2017, Ep. 1
In a long and distinguished career, Chris Patten has been a Westminster MP, a UK Cabinet minister, the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC and Chancellor of Oxford University. In this frank memoir he uses each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and finally the question of links between violence and religion. Of particular interest to an Irish audience will be his stewardship of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland.Chris Patten is currently Chancellor of Oxford University. Holding several high-ranking posts throughout his career, he has been at the centre of political life and world affairs for most of his life.John Bowman is a historian and broadcaster.The episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 30th September 2017.
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
Season 2019, Ep. 13
The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century, were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history.Best-selling writer and historian Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.The moderator is Isabella Jackson, Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Trinity College, Dublin, and the episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 20th October 2019.
The Patient Assassin
Season 2019, Ep. 12
In April 1919, at a political gathering in the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, India, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer marched his soldiers into a walled garden, filled with thousands of unarmed men, women and children. Then, blocking the only exit and without issuing any order to disperse, he instructed his men to turn their guns on the thickest parts of the crowd. For ten minutes, they continued firing, stopping only when 1,650 bullets had been fired. Not a single shot was fired in retaliation. According to legend, a young, low-caste survivor, Udham Singh, vowed to kill the men responsible and in March 1940, in London, he finally seized his opportunity.Television and radio presenterAnita Anand talks about her book The Patient Assassin, and the Irish connection to the massacre. The moderator is historian Dr. Kate O’Malley, and the episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 20th October 2019.
Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream
Season 2019, Ep. 11
The ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’ are two of the most loaded phrases in America today, and also two of the most misunderstood. The American Dream began as a pledge for equality rather than as a dream of supremacy. America First has not just served as an isolationist term, but as an early slogan of the Ku Klux Klan with surprising links to the present. In 1927, a KKK riot led to the arrest of seven men - among them a certain Fred C. Trump.As America struggles again to project a shared vision, to itself and to the world, Sarah Churchwell, Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, argues that the meanings and history of these terms need to beunderstood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed.The interviewer is journalist Sarah Carey, and the episode was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 20th October 2019.
Does historical accuracy in film really matter?
Season 2019, Ep. 10
For some commentators, ‘fake-history films’ are the new threat to truth, arguing that artistic licence is no excuse for distorting historical facts and yet contemporary movies change history all the time (Mary Queen of Scots meeting Queen Elizabeth on the big screen!). Film-makers, on the other hand, claim they are artists, not journalists or historians, and are not in the business of providing documentary-style history lessons. But at what point does artistic licence and creative dramatisation start to confuse and mislead the viewer? Is film a useful gateway to ‘real’ history?Our panel debates the issues. Cecile Gordon is project manager of the Military Service (1916–1923) Pensions Collection; Hannah Greig is a senior lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York and a historical adviser for film, television and theatre. and Tom Holland is a historian, biographer and broadcaster. Hugh Linehan, arts and culture editor of the Irish Times, chairs the discussion, recorded Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 20th October 2019.
Children of the Troubles
Season 2019, Ep. 9
Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney loved horror movies and Hallowe’en and wanted to be a priest when he grew up. Instead, on 15th August 1969, he became the first child killed as a result of the ‘Troubles’ - one of approximately 190 children who would die in the conflict in Northern Ireland.In their book, Children of the Troubles, broadcaster Joe Duffy and journalist Freya McClements tell the previously untold story of Northern Ireland’s lost children. They discuss the tragic stories of these lost young lives, many of them children who have never been publicly acknowledged as victims of the Troubles, with Martin Doyle of the Irish Times.Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 20th October 2019