Modern Ireland, 1780 to Present



History 4441

Summer 2013

M-F 10-12:15

Pafford 204


Dr. Michael de Nie              

TLC 3204

Office Hours: TR 12:15-1:30 and by appointment

Tel.: 678.839.6033



This course will explore the history of the Irish nation from 1780 to the present day. Special emphasis will be placed on the evolution of Irish nationalism and Anglo-Irish relations. We will examine how and why Ireland was incorporated into the United Kingdom, the long struggle by Irish nationalists to dissolve that Union, and its enduring legacy in present-day Northern Ireland. In addition to the political background, we will also investigate the social and cultural roots of Irish separatism and Anglo-Irish conflict. We will focus especially on the issue of identity—how the Irish and British people saw themselves and each other. Major topics to be covered include the Great Famine, the Irish Home Rule movement, cultural revival, revolutionary republicanism, and Northern Ireland and "The Troubles" since 1968. In addition to lectures, the course will incorporate traditional and contemporary Irish music, political cartoons, and several films.


Class participation is an integral part of this class. Read the complete assignment before arriving and be prepared to discuss it in class.


Your grade in this course will be based on two essay exams (60%), an essay on an assigned topic (30%), and class participation (10%). Exam and paper due dates are noted below. Late papers will not be accepted.


Class Website/WebCT: The WebCT page for this course is accessed via the MyWebCT link on the UWG homepage. There you can access the syllabus, download assignments and exam review sheets, and find messages regarding the class. The online syllabus includes a link to the reserve reading assignments. These may also be accessed directly at Students must consult the instructor and receive approval before using any online sources other than the assigned documents in the written assignments.


Please note that anyone committing plagiarism in any written assignment will earn an F for the course and may face further disciplinary action. Plagiarism is defined in the University of West Georgia Handbook as “representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own. Direct quotations must be indicated and ideas of another must be appropriately acknowledged.” Please see the UWG’s History Department statement on plagiarism at and the UWG English Department’s guide for avoiding plagiarism at:



Required Reading:

Senia Paseta, Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction

Dennis Dworkin (ed.), Ireland and Britain 1798-1922: An Anthology of Sources

Padraig O’Malley, Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair



Course Schedule and Assignments:


June 3            Introduction/Ireland to 1780


June 4            The 1798 Rebellion and the Act of Union

Reading: Paseta, 1-17; Dworkin, 1-33


June 5            Emancipation and Repeal

Reading: Paseta, 18-39; Dworkin, 34-41, 49-62


June 6            The Great Famine

                        Reading: Dworkin, 42-48


June 7            Legacies of the Famine: Immigration, Memory, and Politics

Reading: Paseta, 40-47


June 10         Parnell and Parnellism

Reading: Paseta, 58-63; Dworkin, 126-170


June 11         After Parnell

                        Reading: Dworkin, 70-111


June 12         The Revolutionary Decade

Reading: Paseta, 64-85; Dworkin, 171-205


June 13         The Revolutionary Decade II

                        Reading: Dworkin, 206-238


June 14         Midterm Exam


June 17         Film: The Wind that Shakes the Barley


June 18         Constructing Irelands, 1924-1949

Reading: Paseta, 86-101, 128-146


June 19         Postwar Ireland


June 20         Destructing Irelands: The Troubles

Readings: Paseta, 102-127


June 21         The Troubles II


June 24         Class Discussion, O’Malley, Biting at the Grave


June 25         Film: Hunger


June 26         The Celtic Tiger and After

                        Paper Due


June 27         Final Exam