This talk will briefly trace the history of the Northern state from partition; the Unionist state under Craigavon and Brookeborough; the impact of the British Welfare State and 1947 Education Act on the Nationalist minority; the 1956-62 campaign and how it caused a re-think among Republicans; the rise of O’Neill and the emergence of the Civil Rights movement by the late 1960s; the marches of 1968-69; the rise of Paisleyism; the reaction of Westminster and Stormont to the Civil Rights Campaign; the outbreak of the Troubles and the events of 1969-72.
Dr. Eamon Phoenix is a social and political historian specialising in Irish history and is a regular and well-known broadcaster.
He is Principal Lecturer in History and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College.
Éamon is the author and editor of a number of books on modern Irish history including Northern Nationalism 1890-1940 and Conflicts in the North of Ireland 1900-2000.
He compiles the daily series ‘On This Day’ column which reflects Irish News reports of historical events from a century ago. For 2019, however, he is focusing not just on the most significant events of 1919 but also those of 1969, both of which he describes as "critical periods in Irish history".
He has written extensively on historical issues for The Irish Times
He gives talks on the Decade of Centenaries 1913-1923 and on the Civil Rights period - two strands of Irish history which are of major significance.
He is a Member of the Taoiseach's Expert Advisory Committee on dealing with the Decade of Centenaries commemorations.