About this program
Quick Links to individual course pages:
Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland
The Romans in Scotland
The Picts of Scotland
The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland
The Gaels: History, Art, and Mythology
The Gaels: Consequences of Empire
When I started learning Scottish Gaelic language in 1993, I didn’t know much about the history of Scotland and Ireland. I began exploring on my own, and what I’ve learned became a 6 course program, which includes:
– Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland
– The Romans in Scotland
– The Picts of Scotland
– The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland
– The Gaels: History, Art, and Mythology
– The Gaels: Consequences of Empire
I may offer these classes online from time-to-time. You can get notifications by submitting your email address for notifications on the right side of the page.
As time goes on, I intend to put the index to these courses online (on this page-see below), along with the materials. It is going to take a while to take six years of course development, and many years longer of research, organized and online. I hope you’ll follow along or check back from time to time.
About this program
It is not possible for me, or this program, to be all things to all people. Many historians and other researchers spend multi-decade-long careers examining specific parts of history in great detail. You can find detailed and extensive research at libraries and online regarding any points that interest you. I am not attempting to replicate that here. My goal with this program is to provide a general overview of history that could spur further explorations by audience members and, perhaps, shine light on an often overlooked part of history. I might even suggest that the overlooking of parts of history might be an intentional act on the part of what I refer to as “the default narrative.”
Also, while I am always interested in learning more myself about topics I find interesting, as well as receiving constructive feedback on my presentations, I am not interested in engaging in online ‘flame-wars’ or other discussions lacking in the citation of evidence. Anyone who comes at me in this way will likely not get a response. The selections I’ve made in what to include here I’ve made for many reasons, and these reasons will probably not be obvious. A lot of thought goes into program organization and editing, and this project has taken years of effort to get to the state that it is currently in. I’m not finished yet, either.
With that being said, here we go.
Files related to each course are found on the course page. Files related to the whole program can be found here.