Ireland contributes much more to world history, particularly that of the former British Empire, than is predictable from the size of this small island and its population. Consider the ways in which geography, religion, politics, and literature formed the nature of Ireland's people and how this nature was influenced by contributions from invading populations. The dispersion of Irish peoples throughout the world, and their strong self-identity, is examined as a source of historical influence. Selected Great Courses lectures from "The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature" by Professor Marc C. Conner of Washington and Lee University serve as the core source of information. These lectures are supplemented by film, video, still images, literature, and music selected by the course coordinators.
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