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The Partition of Ireland:

Causes and Consequences


In order to mark the centenary of the partitioning of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast organised and hosted a major series of online public talks. The series was supported by the UK Government and the Irish Government, and by the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy. The talks were recorded and produced by the BBC and released on a weekly basis from 26 April – 4 October 2021.

The series addresses a diverse range of major themes, including the complex origins and legacies of partition, the Irish border in literature, the experience of minorities, and class-based and gender-based perspectives.

Access to the talks podcasts and subtitled talks via BBC Sounds

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Talk 1 - 26/04/2021New

Home Rule and the Ulster Crisis

by Professor Paul Bew (The Lord Bew)
Queen’s University Belfast
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Talk 1 - 26/04/2021
Home Rule and the Ulster Crisis
by Professor Paul Bew (The Lord Bew)
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Talk 2 - 03/05/2021
Partition and the Two Irelands
by Professor Mary E. Daly
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Talk 3 - 10/05/2021
Episode 3 - The Partitionist Mentality
by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
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Talk 4 - 17/05/2021
Gender and partition: ‘it’s a queer sort of existence this’
by Professor Diane Urquhart
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Talk 5 - 24/05/2021
Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience
by Professor Roy Foster
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Talk 6 - 31/05/2021
Northern Ireland: the UK’s first example of devolution
by Professor Graham Walker
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Talk 8 - 14/06/2021
Class in Northern Ireland, a family history
by Professor Henry Patterson
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Talk 9 - 21/06/2021
The IRA and the Partition of Ireland
by Professor Richard English
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Talk 10 - 28/06/2021
Partition: Imperial Contexts
by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer
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Talk 11 - 05/07/2021
Rethinking unionism and partition, 1900-1921
by Professor Alvin Jackson
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Talk 13 - 19/07/2021
Sir Ernest Clark - 'Midwife to the New Province of Ulster'
by Dr Cormac Moore
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Talk 14 - 26/07/2021
Life on the line: Partition at the Border
by Dr Peter Leary
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Talk 16 - 09/08/2021
Writing and the Border
by Professor Glenn Patterson
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Talk 17 - 16/08/2021
Partition's Casualties: religious minorities in the new states
by Professor Marianne Elliott
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Talk 18 - 23/08/2021
Violence: the Human Cost of Partition
by Dr Tim Wilson
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Talk 19 - 30/08/2021
The Killing of Sir Henry Wilson: An Irish Tragedy
by Professor Fearghal McGarry
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Talk 20 - 06/09/2021
Partition in Comparative Perspective
by Professor Brendan O’Leary
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Talk 21 - 13/09/2021
Unionisims and Partition
by Professor Richard Bourke
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Talk 22 - 20/09/2021
The Partition of Ireland in a Global Context
by Professor Bill Kissane
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Talk 24 - 04/10/2021
Partition and the Anglo-Irish Treaty
by Dr Robert Lynch