SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHV224523
Module Leader Oonagh Walsh
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module explores the key social, political and cultural developments in nineteenth and early twentieth century Irish history. Beginning with an introduction to events including the Act of Union and Catholic Emancipation, the course will engage with local and national change that led to the creation of the Free State. Students will be encouraged to examine concepts of national identity formation, economic policies, gender roles, and constitutional and militant political policies as a means of understanding the complex evolution of Ireland from constitutional partner within the United Kingdom, to partition, partial independence, and the creation of the Free State.


Indicative Syllabus: -360 1. Introduction: Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, and Economic Decline. 2. Great Famine: Causes and Consequences 3. Emigration and Post-Famine Social Change 4. Radical Nationalism and the Fenians 5. Agrarian Unrest: the Land War, Land League and Ladies' Land League 6. The Gaelic Revival 7. Rise of Radical Politics: the Irish Volunteers, Ulster Volunteers, and Cumann na mBan 8. The 1916 Rising 9. The Anglo-Irish War 10. The Civil War 11. Overview and Conclusions

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Knowledge of key social, political and cultural developments in modern Irish history. 2. Awareness of the range of groups and individuals who played a role in shaping the modern Irish state.3. An understanding of how social, political and economic factors influenced debates on national identity, gender roles, religion and economics

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module combines lectures and seminars with a significant degree of independent learning and research. A lecture will introduce the week's central topic, and the follow-up seminar will include student presentations, primary source analysis, and focused discussion. Individual guidance and advice will be given with regard to essay title formulation, and the seminar presentation will be based upon the essay topic, permitting peer-feedback and input well before submission.

Indicative Reading

Adamson, Ian. The Identity of Ulster, 2nd edition (Belfast, 1987) Arthur, Paul. Government and Politics of Northern Ireland Bardon, Jonathan. A History of Ulster (Belfast, 1992) Bartlett, Thomas and Jeffery, Keith. A Military History of Ireland (1996) Bell, J. Bowyer. The Secret Army: The IRA, 1916-1979. 2nd ed (1980). Bew, Paul, Peter Gibbon and Henry Patterson, Northern Ireland 1921-1994: Political Forces and Social Classes (1995) Bew, Paul. Ideology and the Irish Question: Ulster Unionism and Irish Nationalism 1912-1916 (1998) Bew, Paul. Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006 . (2007). Brady, Claran, Mary O'Dowd and Brian Walker, eds. Ulster: An Illustrated History (1989) Brown, Terence. Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-2001 (2nd ed. 2004) Cahalan, James M. The Irish Novel: A Critical History. Twayne, 1988. Canny, Nicholas. From Reformation to Restoration: Ireland, 1534-1660 (Dublin, 1987) Cleary, Joe and Connolly, Claire, eds. The Cambridge Guide to Modern Irish Culture. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. Connolly, S. J. ed. The Oxford Companion to Irish History (1998) Coogan, Tim Pat. De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow (London, 1993). Coogan, Tim Pat. The Man Who Made Ireland: The Life and Death of Michael Collins. Roberts Rinehart, 1992. Cosgrove, Art. ed., A New History of Ireland, ii: Medieval Ireland, 1169-1534 Oxford U. Press 1987. 982 pp. Cronin, Mike. A History of Ireland. Palgrave. 2001. Cullen, L. M. The Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1600-1900 de Paor, Liam. The Peoples of Ireland. From Pre-History to Modern Times (London, 1986) Deane, Seamus. A Short History of Irish Literature. U. of Notre Dame Press, 1986. Donnelly, J. S.. Jr., and Kerby A. Miller, eds. Irish Popular Culture (Dublin, 1999) Duddy, Thomas. A History of Irish Thought Routledge, 2002 Elliott, Marianne. The Catholics of Ulster: A History. (2001). Farrell, Michael. Northern Ireland: The Orange State, 2nd edition (1980) Ferriter, Diarmaid. The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2nd ed. 2005) Flynn, Arthur. The Story of Irish Film. Blackrock, Ireland: Currach, 2006. Foster, John Wilson and Chesney, Helena C. G., eds. Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History. Dublin: Lilliput, 1998. Foster, R. F. Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970 (2008), 227pp Foster, R. F. Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (1988) Foster, R. F., ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland. (1989). Fry, Peter and Fry, Fiona Somerset. A History of Ireland. Routledge, 1989. FSL Lyons, Ireland Since the Famine Geraghty, Tony. The Irish War: The Hidden Conflict between the IRA and British Intelligence. Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2000. Hachey, Thomas E., Joseph M. Hernon Jr., Lawrence J. McCaffrey; The Irish Experience: A Concise History M. E. Sharpe, 1996 Hayes, Alan and Urquhart, Diane, eds. Irish Women's History. Dublin: Irish Acadamy Press, 2004. Henessy, Thomas. A History of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996. (1998). 365 pp. Hickey, D. J. and Doherty, J. E. A Dictionary of Irish History since 1800. Barnes & Noble, 1980. Hoppen, K. Theodore. Ireland since 1800: Conflict and Conformity (1999) Hostettler, John. Sir Edward Carson: A Dream Too Far (1997) Jackson, Alvin. Home Rule: An Irish History, (2003). Jackson, Alvin. Ireland, 1798-1998: Politics and War (1999) Kautt, William H. The Anglo-Irish War, 1916-1921: A People's War Praeger Publishers, 1999 Kiberd, Declan. The Irish Writer and the World. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. Kinealy, Christine. The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 (Dublin, 1994) Lee, J. J. Ireland 1912-1985 (1989) McHugh, Roger and Harmon, Maurice. Short History of Anglo-Irish Literature from Its Origins to the Present Day. Barnes & Noble, 1982. Mercier, Vivian, and Eileds Dillon. Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders Clarendon Press, 1994 Mitchel, Patrick. Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998 (2003) Mokyr, Joel. Why Ireland Starved: A Quantitative and Analytical History of the Irish Economy, 1800-1850. Allen & Unwin, 1983. Moody, T. W. and Vaughan, W. E., eds. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 4: Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 1691-1800. Oxford U. Press, 1986. Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; and Byrne, F. J., eds. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 9: Maps, Genealogies, Lists. A Companion to Irish History, Part 2. Oxford U. Press, 1984. Morash, Christopher. A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000. Cambridge U. Press, 2002.. Murphy, James H. Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791-1891. Dublin, 2003. d3Gre1da, Cormac. Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory. Princeton U. Press, 1999. d3Gre1da, Cormac. Ireland: A New Economic History, 1780-1939. Oxford U. Press, 1994. Pierce, David. Light, Freedom, and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing. Yale U. Press, 2006. Townsend, Charles. "The Irish Republican Army and the Development of Guerrilla Warfare, 1916-1921." English Historical Review 1979 94(371): 318-345. Vaughan, W. E., ed. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 5: Ireland under the Union, I, 1801-70. Oxford U. Press, 1990. Vaughan, W. E., ed. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 6: Ireland under the Union. Part 2: 1870-1921. Oxford U. Press, 1996. Walsh, Oonagh Anglican Women in Dublin: philanthropy, politics and education in the early twentieth century Dublin, 2005 Walsh, Oonagh. An Englishwoman in Belfast: Rosamond Stephen's Record of the Great War Cork, 2000 Walsh, Oonagh. Ireland Abroad: Politics and Professions in the Nineteenth Century Dublin, 2003 Walsh, Oonagh. Ireland's Independence, 1880-1923 Routledge, 2002 Ward, Alan J. The Irish Constitutional Tradition: Responsible Government and Modern Ireland 1782-1992 (Irish Academic Press, 1994) Woodham-Smith, Cecil Blanche Fitzgerald. The Great Hunger: Ireland: 1845-1849 (1992)

Transferrable Skills

-360 1. An ability to analyse primary source materials and to evaluate different historiographical perspectives and methodological approaches. 2. The ability to research and produce written assignments that conform to appropriate standards of argument, composition and presentation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 n/a 2500 essay
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 n/a 2 questions - 1000 words each