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, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 109–111 | Cite as

Ireland Turns Its Back on History

  • John Rodden
  • John Rossi
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Abstract

In 2018, the Republic of Ireland abolished history as a required subject in its public secondary schools. What are the consequences for Ireland of this decision, especially in light of the importance of history to Irish self-understanding and national development? What are the implications of such policies beyond Ireland, including in the United States? This article discusses the somber prospects of “forgetting the past” as it addresses these questions.

Keywords

Easter rising Irish War of Independence Battle of the Boyne King James II King William of Orange “The past is a foreign country” George Santayana “Those who fail to remember the past are condemned to repeat it” President Michael Higgins Mayor Mick Finn John Connell William Butler Yeats Skellig Michael George Orwell “Ignorance is Strength” 1984 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Rodden
    • 1
  • John Rossi
    • 1
  1. 1.GeorgetownUSA

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