9 May 2012 - The Documents in Irish Foreign Policy, a project of the Royal Irish Academy, is proud to announce that its first eBook on the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 is now available for free download.
One of the prescribed topics for the documents-based study in the Leaving Certificate 2014 and 2015 is ‘The Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition, 1919-1949.’ Included in the three case studies for this topic is ‘The Treaty negotiations, October – December 1921’ and as such, the chapter on the Treaty negotiations in Volume I of the Documents of Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series (www.difp.ie) will be immensely beneficial to history teachers. With this in mind, DIFP decided to embark on a new venture and put the material from this chapter into an eBook for teachers and students.
The Anglo-Irish Treaty eBook makes accessing documents relating to the Treaty as straightforward as possible. This selection of documents contains crucial correspondence between the main political figures involved in the negotiations and shows the problems and stresses of negotiating an international agreement. The documents are structured chronologically and provide a gripping and accessible account of a key moment in modern Irish history.
DIFP would like to give special thanks Niall O’Leary of the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) project for facilitating the production of the eBook.
The National Archives’ online exhibition on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, can be found at http://treaty.nationalarchives.ie/