The aim of the course is to introduce students to, familiarise them with, and inculcate an advanced understanding of, the events of, sources for the study of, lines of historiographical enquiry relating to, and social memory and commemoration of, the revolutionary decade in modern Irish history from the start of the crisis over 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:
-evaluate the significance of the principal issues and problems of the revolutionary decade in modern Irish history, 1912-23
-summarise the competing interpretations of the significance of the events of the revolutionary decade
-compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of public and academic histories of the revolutionary decade
-evaluate and incorporate new insights informed by the forefront of the field of learning;
-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 understating of the revolutionary decade