Ireland: History Remembered and Forgotten|
Spring 2018 not offered
The writing of history is often a political act. Perhaps nowhere has the practice been as politicized as in Ireland where the two competing traditions on the island, Nationalist/Catholic and Loyalist/Protestant, have advanced their respective cause through the appeal to history so that two very different narratives of the island's past have emerged. This course will examine the history of Ireland from the rebellion of 1641 to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. In doing so, we will see how differing memories of the past have shaped how members of both communities respond to their present. History here will be broadly defined as being both the formal production of historical texts by scholars and history as it is remembered by ordinary people in stories and songs. Finally, we will examine the "Revisionist" school of Irish history that has sought since the 1970s to put forward a unified narrative of Ireland's past. Did those efforts lead to peace?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
Angela Bourke, THE BURNING OF BRIDGET CLEARY, ISBN:978-0141002026
Guy Beiner, REMEMBERING THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH: IRISH FOLK HISTORY & SOCIAL MEMORY, ISBN:978-029921824-9
R.F. Foster, MODERN IRELAND, 1600-1972, ISBN:978-0140132502
John Gibney, THE SHADOW OF A YEAR: THE 1641 REBELLION IN IRISH HISTORY & MEMORY, ISBN:978-0299289654-6
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Five short (2-3 pages) response essays on the required readings. A 10-page final research paper on issues of Irish historiography.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
regular attendance and participation in discussions
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