Course overview

This second part of two courses traces events from the Great Hunger of 1848-9 up unto the turn of our present century. Fenianism, Home Rule and Land Reform struggles , the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, partition, the Civil War and then the separate fortunes of Northern Ireland and the Free State, (later the Republic) will all be discussed in depth. We conclude with the Civil Rights movement, the Troubles and the peace process. Throughout we use a wealth of documentary evidence, the latest historical analysis, news reports, art, literature, film and photography to illuminate a compelling narrative.

Course description

This second of two courses begins with the Great Hunger of 1848 and its impact. We consider the subsequent rise of Fenianism and the role of America in Irish Nationalism in the mid part of the century before moving on to Home Rule campaigns, Land reform and Gladstone and Charles Parnell and the Irish Nationalists. We trace the parallel development of Ulster Loyalism. We examine the impact of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the subsequent partition and civil war. The development of the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland up to 1966 will be considered separately before we return to single analysis of events from 1966 up to the Good Friday agreement of 1998, including the Troubles. We will finish with reflections on Ireland at the start of the 21st century. Throughout we will refer to social, economic and cultural developments as well as international influences from the USA and Europe. Much use will be made of primary evidence, historical writing, poetry and literature as well as contemporary news reports. A wealth of visual material from paintings to cartoons to photography to film will be employed to encourage debate and insight.

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