Dr. Michael de Nie
Office Hours: TR 12:15-1:30 and by appointment
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 http://www.westga.edu/~library/reserves/. 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 http://www.westga.edu/~history/plagiarismhtm.htm and the UWG English Department’s guide for avoiding plagiarism at: http://www.westga.edu/~engdept/Plagiarism/index.html.
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
June 11 After Parnell
Reading: Dworkin, 70-111
June 12 The Revolutionary Decade
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
June 27 Final Exam