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We will take a look at the struggle by the Irish people for freedom from 800 years of British rule. To wage their bitter war with the powerful British Empire from 1919 to 1921, Irish nationalists turned to novel tactics both military and political. George Mason University history professor Kevin Matthews discusses how this war set the standard for other independence struggles in the 20th century. He traces its development and examines how the Irish gained their freedom, but at a price: the partition of their country, leaving six northeastern counties under British rule, a legacy that is still a source of conflict to this day.