Century of Endeavour

A Father and Son Overview of the 20th Century

Dr Roy H W Johnston

(comments to author: rjtechne at iol dot ie)


Introduction: an Overview of the Century

Decade by Decade:

  • Chapter 1: 1900s: Joe Johnston's early background
  • Chapter 2: 1910s: Oxford, TCD, 1916 etc
  • Chapter 3: 1920s: Co-operative crusading, family pressures...
  • Chapter 4: 1930s: slump, economic war....
  • Chapter 5:
  • Chapter 6: 1950s: economic critiques; politics at two levels...
  • Chapter 7:
  • Chapter 8: 1970s: Last Days of JJ; RJ as science critic...
  • Chapter 9: 1980s: the innovation process...
  • Chapter 10: 1990s: politics and the Internet...

Conclusion: Reflections on the Century

Theme Threads (each spanning several decades):



We give here an index of the hypertext files which are accessed from the Notes and References; these are mostly intermediate between the sources and text of the book, but some are actual sources.

Published and unpublished pre-Century book JJ sources are boxed in hard copy; some of this material is in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, the main body being in the TCD library archive (cf Jane Maxwell). Work is currently going on directed at finding a rational approach to organising and indexing what is a complex collection. The LHL material was originally boxed and transferred in or about 2005, and the remaining material was boxed in Dublin for transfer to the TCD library archive. The LHL material has been adapted so as to relate primarily to JJ's NI background and concerns. This listing, revised in 2011 with integration of additional material,indicates its locations.

Some additional JJ material which came via the Carmodys post Century publication has been integrated into this 2011 listing, along with material earlier retained by RJ in a numbered filing system. This Dublin-based material was earlier listed as 'work in progress', but is now also integrated in the 2011 listing. (RJ 03/08/2012)

The RJ source material is also been subject to re-organisation, to facilitate its access in the Linen Hall and also in the Dublin City Library. This is now virtually complete, but may need adaptation to local catalogue reference requirements. (RJ 24/08/2012)

The material is boxed and is organised into two main divisions, one relating to variouis aspects of science and technology, and another relating to where the record is primarily political, though this may on occasion have a science dimension.

The science related material is now accessible, edited for screen. A WP version of this listing is available in a folder 'WP versions' in the Century folder, named RJsci2-1.doc.

The political set has also been edited for screen, including both DCL and LHL material; the related integral WP version is in the same WP versions folder, named RJforDCL-1.doc. (RJ 24/08/2012).

What follows is a record relating the earlier boxing of the material; this may possibly turn out to be relevant in some situation involving juxtaposition of folders, so I am leaving it, in the past tense (RJ 23/08/2012):

There were RJ sources available boxed in hard copy; there was also an overview index of the RJ log books which cover the period from January 1968 to June 2003.

Some of the source material relating to the republican politicising attempt which commenced in the 1960s, and was aborted subsequent to the 1969 crisis, is directly accessible edited for screen.

Some additional material relating to this has been boxed and roughly catalogued in broad groupings; this has been taken up by library archives, and ongoing; material primarily relevant to the North with the Linen Hall Library, while material relating to techno-economics and the 'science in society' domain ended up temporarily in the RDS and perhaps elsewhere; this has been re-boxed as above.


Although Anthony Coughlan has contributed material and advice to this site, it remains primarily my own personal record. I am indebted to him for access to the Greaves and Wolfe Tone Society archives; my abstracts from these sources however are incomplete and episodic; they relate primarily to my own narrative, and it should not be assumed that the judgements I make with regard to them are necessarily shared by him. Anyone interested in exploring further any episodes where Anthony Coughlan is mentioned should contact him at 24 Crawford Avenue, Dublin 9 (Tel: 00-353-1-8305792) as well as the author.

I am also indebted to Anthony Coughlan for some post-publication material, including his 2004 note on the 1970 Blatherwick Memorandum (which relates to 1960s politics), and his 1991 Obituary Essay on C Desmond Greaves. I have also added his critical memo on the Matt Treacy book The IRA 1956-69 which contains much material relevant to the foregoing, some of which needs correction.

Some navigational notes:

The foregoing gives an initial listing of the works covered in this hypertext work. In any of the modules, a highlighted word on its own brings up a related piece of text. If the word is accompanied by a number, it brings up a footnote or a reference in a related reference-page. In most browsers, if you click on the 'Back' button, it will bring to to the point of departure in the document from which you came.

Copyright (c)Dr Roy Johnston 1998