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Far too US-oriented
on 29 June 2011
I had hoped that these DVDs would have added gaps to my knowledge of Irish history, but after viewing the first two, I'm in no hurry to view the others.
The first one is taken from an American series 'Conqueror' and is presented by an ex-military type who still carries the title 'captain'. It concentrates on Cromwell more than on Ireland, and even so the historical background is glossed over. Much time is given to the weaponry, mainly the muskets and cannon used at the time, rather than the politics. It even has the infuriating habit of using place names US-style, for example 'Cromwell landed at Dublin, Ireland...'. What Dublin was he going to land at when invading Ireland? The one in Ohio? California?
The second DVD was actually worse. I'm of Scots-Irish origin and the famine still has a strong resonance when I research my family tree. However it seems that those who fled the famine ALL went to America. There was not a single reference to those who sought work in West of Scotland and North West England.
The third disc is about the Irish in America, so no need to guess where the focus will be there. The DVD set was cheap, but not particularly good value for money.