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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2008

HIS 306N • Modern Ireland

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Course Description

This is an introduction to the history of Ireland from 1600 to the present. It will include a general survey of some major political, economic, social, and cultural developments such as the plantation of Ulster, the Rising of 1798, Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine, the Celtic Cultural Revival, the War for Independence, and the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. This will not be a typically nationalist course chronicling the triumphant struggle of the Irish to overcome 700 years of oppression, nor will it consist of an exclusively revisionist history. Rather, this will provide a balanced approach to an otherwise highly politicized history and, as such, both nationalist and revisionist perspectives will be analyzed. To this end, the course will place special emphasis on three particularly gruesome episodes in Irish history: the Rising of 1798, the Great Famine, and the Anglo-Irish War for Independence.

Grading Policy

First In-class essay exam 30% Second In-class essay exam 30% One 5-page paper 40%


John O'Beirne Ranelagh, A Short History of Ireland. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Peter Gray, The Irish Famine. New York: Abrams, 1995. Peter Hart, The IRA and its Enemies: Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.


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