HST3136/3137: The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923

40 credits (semesters 1 and 2)

Module Leader: Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid 



Two modules from HST200-HST2999


Module Summary

This module explores Ireland’s revolutionary decade, from the Ulster Crisis of 1912 to the end of the Civil War in 1923. That period saw the demise of the Home Rule ideal, the rise of republicanism and the partition of the island amidst bloody sectarian and political violence. Among the issues examined are the paramilitarisation of political culture, the impact of the Great War and Easter Rising, the nature and dynamics of revolutionary violence, and the entrenchment of divisions – intra-communal as well as inter-communal. The controversial historiography of the Irish revolution, its place in public history and its cultural representations form an important aspect of the module. Above all, the sense of what it was like to live through a revolution, as a rebel, a policeman, a soldier or a civilian, is a key unifying theme of this module.


Module Aims

This module aims:

  • to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the Irish revolution and its significance, not merely as a standalone event, but in the context of the history of the United Kingdom and widespread political upheaval in the aftermath of the Great War.
  • to familiarise students with the contours of the contested historiography and to encourage them to critically reflect on how this literature compares to broader historiographical trends.
  • to train students in the use and evaluation of a diverse range of source material.


Teaching and Assessment

The module will be taught via twice-weekly seminars based around contexts and sources for specific topics. A diverse range of source material will be used in seminars: newspaper reports, memoirs, witness statements, diaries, military documents and ephemera as well as cultural artefacts (poetry, prose, drama and film) to explore contemporary and subsequent interpretations of the Irish Revolution. At the end of the module, an in-class student conference will be organised, where students will make source-based presentations.

Further guidance is provided in the module course booklet, available through MOLE.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level3


Selected Reading

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Intended Learning Outcomes
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