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.
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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