A very thorough and sensitively presentation regarding a complicated period of Irish History
Content clearly grounded in solid historical research, plenty of primary documents backing up lecture. Incl video, images, news headlines to help "feel" difficult legacy of conflict—gave me great pause for civil war. Felt relevant even today and as a non-Irish American given our own current political divides. Carberry clearly cared to share knowledge, lectured longer than scheduled time to ensure connection.
The course of a war has many sidepaths, especially one coming after 700 years . This war never ended, it was fought at every level of life. What
Jennifer Carbery did that was impressive was to show me how intricate this conflict was.
The time taken with so many people---soldiers, politicians, rebels, women, English military and governing people was something l rarely hear in a 90 minute lecture. Also, her dramatic delivery kept me listening.
Instead of going for the grand sweep, the generalities, this lecture had compelling specificity.
Will I remember all the names, places, events? Probably not. However, the motivation to read on and in-depth comes from the array of fact given.
I wish I had heard the first lecture.
I wondered why Jennifer started with a summary of the Irish War of Independence but it became clear that the Civil War had its roots there, so we needed to know about it. She covered an enormous amount of information in limited time, kept it lively, and stayed late in order to wrap up and answer our questions. For me it was an excellent introduction to a complicated, tragic history.
Informative, comprehensive. Jennifer did an excellent job of making you feel the personal stories of the people who took part in the Irish civil war