Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group Publishes Reading List for Current Centenaries Period

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The Church of Ireland’s Historical Centenaries Working Group has published a reading list on the current phase of the decade of centenaries to encourage a greater understanding of this era in Irish history.  Divided States: Irish Independence and its Aftermath, 1918-1923 is introduced with an essay by the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

The Convenor of the Historical Centenaries Working Group, Bishop Paul Colton, says: ‘In producing this introductory reading list, the group is seeking to equip members of the Church of Ireland, those already familiar with our history and those new to it, alike, for the current period of centenary commemorations.  As Convenor of the group I wish to acknowledge the work of all those who have been involved in drawing up this bibliography, and most especially George Woodman.  The group is also very indebted to the Archbishop of Armagh, for writing the introduction and, thereby, setting the scene for our reading.’

The reading list covers the wider context of Irish history, the development of nationalism and unionism, events in Ireland from 1913 to 1923, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Civil War, partition and the development of Northern Ireland, the Southern Protestant community, and the role of women in the revolutionary era.

The resource is available online at