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The creation of the Anglo-Treaty Treaty of 1921


Friday, August 19, 2022, 17:30 - 18:20


Hedge School, Milwaukee Irish Festival



Join RIA author John Gibney at this year's Milwaukee Irish Festival

This year we are delighted to be back, in person, at the Milwaukee Irish Festival. The Festival runs from 18 to 21 August with a very busy schedule. Our author John Gibney will be there to deliver three lectures on key events in modern Irish history.

The first lecture will take place at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 19 August, as part of the Festival's Hedge School.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921 led to the creation of an independent Irish state, but also a devastating Civil War that defined Irish politics for decades. Divisive as it proved to be, the signing of the Treaty on 6 December 1921 is a key milestone in modern Irish history. This lecture, based on the Irish National Archive’s landmark centenary exhibition on the negotiation of the Treaty negotiations, explores how it came into being, what it created, and the legacies it left behind.

Read more on this topic in The Treaty, edited by John Gibney and Zoë Reid. This lavishly illustrated book, published in partnership with the National Archives, explores the world that the Irish delegation lived in for seven fateful weeks in 1921, and how the Treaty that they negotiated came into being.

John Gibney is Assistant Editor with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. He was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame and NUI Galway, and is the author of A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000 (Yale University Press, 2017) co-author, with Kate O’Malley, of The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922 (Royal Irish Academy, 2022), and co-editor, with Zoë Reid, of The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives (Royal Irish Academy, 2022), the official catalogue of the National Archives’ centenary exhibition of the same name.

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