Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Nancy J. Curtin

HSRU 3458
Prof. Nancy Curtin 

Fall 2008

IRELAND, 1688-1923

Course description

This course will focus on revolution, nationalism, and constitutionalism in Ireland from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.  We examine the revolutionary republican movements of 1798, 1848, 1867, and 1916 as well as the constitutional agitations headed by Grattan, O'Connell, and Parnell, the roots of Irish social and economic discontent, the Great Famine, the Land War, Ulster Unionism, the Gaelic and Anglo-Irish cultural revivals, and the creation of a partitioned Ireland.

Written assignments and exams

There will be a mid-term exam which will determine 20% of the grade, a paper (8-10 pp. due Dec. 5) which will count for 30%, and a final accounting for 40% of the grade for the course.  The remaining 10% of your grade will be determined by class participation which includes co-leading two panel presentations on the required reading and regular postings on Blackboard.

Attendance policy

Fordham College has a new attendance policy (see attached).  Please note that you are now allowed no more than six total excused and/or unexcused absences.  Each additional absence will result in a ten point reduction in your participation grade.

Required readings

*S.J. Connolly, Religion, Law, and Power: The making of the Protestant Ireland, 1660-1760

*Nancy J. Curtin, The United Irishmen: Popular Politics in Belfast and Dublin, 1791-98

Peter Gray, Famine, Land and Politics: British Government and Irish Society 1843-50

Angela Bourke, The Burning of Bridget Cleary

Alan Ward, The Easter Rising: Revolution and Irish Nationalism

    Books marked with an asterix (*) are available as e-books through Fordham Library

General course outline

Week Topic
Sept. 3-5 Ireland to 1688
Sept. 9-12 Protestant Ascendancy
Connolly, Religion, Law and Power
Penal Laws
Sept. 16-19 Protestant Nationalism
Sept. 23-26 United Irishmen and Act of Union
Curtin, United Irishmen
Declaration of the United Irishmen
Songs of 1798
Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Catholic Emancipation
Oct. 7-10 Repeal and Young Ireland
Oct. 14-17 Famine
Gray, Famine, Land and Politics
Views of the Famine
Oct. 21-24 Fenians
Mid-Term Exam (17 Oct.)  
Oct. 28-31 Home Rule and the Land Question
Nov. 5-7 Parnell
Nov. 11-12 Cultural Nationalism
Bourke, The Burning of Bridget Cleary
Nov. 18-21 Ulster Crisis
Nov. 25 Easter Rising
Ward, Easter Rising
Dec.  2-5 Independence
Dec. 9-10 Partition and Civil War
Treaty Debates

Office Hours

618 Dealy (817-0730)
12:30-1:30  Tuesday
2:30-4:00 Wed.
or by appointment

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