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New - Ireland and the Great War

1919 Victory Parade through the streets of Dublin after the end of the Great War

Module Organiser: Prof. David Fitzpatrick
Duration: Michaelmas term
Contact hours: 2 hours per week
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: 80% examination, 20% essay

This course gives students an opportunity to attempt original studies of Ireland's involvement in the Great War, a formative factor in modern Irish history which still awaits comprehensive analysis. Students will be required to analyse primary sources such as memoirs, newspapers, private papers, police reports, and other official documents. They will also be asked to study the rapidly expanding corpus of local studies, accounts of particular military units, and commemorative works. The course will cover Irish military participation, the war's political, social, and economic impact on Ireland, and the manner in which it was commemorated (or ignored) in the two Irish states. One teaching hour in each week will be devoted to a class debate, the other to discussion of circulated documents and themes arising from the set readings. In addition to the Moderatorship essay, students will be expected to undertake several brief projects and commentaries on documentary 'gobbets'.


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