The objective of the course is to introduce students, familiarize them and instill in them an advanced understanding of the events of the sources for the study of historiographic lines of research related to social memory and the commemoration of the revolutionary decade of Mexico. Modern Irish history from the start of the crisis by the third Home Rule Bill in 1912 to the conclusion of the Irish Civil War in 1923.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Assess the significance of the major issues and problems of the ‘revolutionary decade’ in modern Irish history, 1912-23.
- Summarize opposing interpretations of the meaning of the events of the ‘revolutionary decade’
- compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of public and academic histories of the ‘revolutionary decade’
- assess and incorporate new knowledge informed by the forefront of the learning field;
- judge the value of the source material available for the study of this period
- assess the contribution of the work of specific historians to our understanding of the ‘revolutionary decade’
The first module, Sources and Debates in the Irish Revolution, will examine contemporary writings, speeches, and debates from the revolutionary period, with a focus on such figures as Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Edward Carson, James Craig, David Lloyd George, Arthur Griffith., Terence. MacSwiney, Constance Markiewicz, and many others. Students will also know the source material available for the study of the period, both in handwritten form and online, such as government files, newspapers, IRA pension applications, testimonies from the Office of Military History, police records and the like. The second module, Historiography of the Irish Revolution, examines the arguments and interpretation of events by historians from the 1920s to the present day.
The final module, Public History, Commemoration and the Irish Revolution, focuses on the role of ‘public history’, that is, the use of the events of this ‘revolutionary decade’ by politicians and other groups and individuals to promote contemporary agendas.
The research module provides candidates with the opportunity to explore in depth the topic of their proposal.