Professor R.F. (Roy) Foster Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, Oxford


Paper Title - The Promise of 1916: Radicalism, Radicalisation and Resettlement 1916-2016

Professor R.F. (Roy) Foster was born in Waterford and educated in Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London and in 1991 the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, retiring in 2016. 

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992, a Member of the Academia Europea in 2016, and he received honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, The Queens’ University Canada, the University of Edinburgh and University College Dublin as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London.

His books include Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (1989), Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (1993), The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), which won the 2003 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, W.B. Yeats, A life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865- 1914 (1997) which own the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003), Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change 1970-2000 (2007), Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2001), and Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1922 (2014).

He is also a well-known critic and broadcaster.

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An tOllamh R.F. (Roy) Foster i bPort Láirge agus cuireadh oideachas air in Éirinn agus sna Stáit Aontaithe. Is céimí de chuid Choláiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath é agus rinneadh Ollamh le Nua-Stair na Breataine de i gColáiste Birkbeck, Ollscoil Londain agus sa bhliain 1991 rinneadh an chéad Ollamh Carroll le Stair na hÉireann de in Ollscoil Oxford agus Comhalta de Choláiste Hertford. Chuaigh sé ar scor sa bhliain 2016. 

Toghadh é ina Chomhalta d’Acadamh na Breataine i 1989, Comhalta den Royal Historical Society i 1986, Comhalta den Royal Society of Literature i 1992, Comhalta den Academia Europea in 2016, agus fuair sé céimeanna onóracha ó Ollscoil Aberdeen, Ollscoil na Banríona Ceanada, Ollscoil Dhún Éideann agus an Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath chomh maith le comhaltacht onórach ó Choláiste Birkbeck, Ollscoil Londain.

I measc na leabhar atá scríofa aige tá Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (1989), Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (1993), The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), ar ar bronnadh an Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism sa bhliain 2003, W.B. Yeats, A life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865- 1914 (1997) ar ar bronnadh Gradam James Tait Black do bheathaisnéisí sa bhliain 1998, agus Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003), Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change 1970-2000 (2007), Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2001), agus Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1922 (2014).

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