History of Ireland
Second Semester, 2004-2005
This course is intended to introduce students to the outlines of Irish history. By and large I have chosen works for us to read that represent recent scholarship. There are three introductory points I want to make:
1. I do not intend to place heavy emphasis upon historiographical quarrels, but because the fervor with which many students come to the subject of Ireland is one of the elements at play in the study of the history of the island, it would be irresponsible to pretend that engagement is unimportant. Therefore, I shall have us discuss the matter of revisionism directly (see September 18). Nevertheless, I’m chiefly interested in moving beyond what historians disagree over and pulling forward what they can agree upon.
2. An important and enjoyable aspect of any history course is learning more about the geography of the area under investigation. Several of the books we read have maps, and we will make an effort in the seminar to become familiar with the basic geography of the island.
3. I will take bits of time here and there to introduce students to aspects of the Irish language. This element will not play a prominent role, but I want to make sure everyone is forewarned of my interest.
I hope you will join me in looking upon this seminar as a joint venture in learning.
Books to purchase:
John O’Beirne Ranelagh, A Short History of Ireland
Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British 1580-1650
Barry Cunliffe, The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
Cormac Ó Gráda, The Great Irish Famine
Robert James Scally, The End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine and Emigration
Charles Townshend, Ireland: The Twentieth Century
January 20: Getting Organized: introductions, report assignments, mapping Ireland
January 27: Celtic and Norman Ireland
Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization
Gerald of Wales, on Ireland
February 3: Tudor and Stuart Ireland
Canny, Making Ireland British, 59-120, 165-242, 461-578 [you may read it all if you wish]
James Scott Wheeler, Cromwell in Ireland
Edmund Spenser, on Ireland
February 10: The Protestant Ascendancy
Roy Foster, “ History and the Irish Question,” and Brendan Bradshaw, “Nationalism and Historical Scholarship in Modern Ireland,” in Interpreting Irish History, ed. Ciaran Brady, 122-45, 191-216 [on reserve]
S.J. Connolly, Religion, Law and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland
Arthur Young, on Ireland
February 17: Union and Catholic Emancipation
Kevin Whelan, The Tree of Liberty: Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity, 1760-1830
Marianne Elliott, Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France
Alexis de Tocqueville, on Ireland
February 24: The Famine
Ó Gráda, The Great Irish Famine
L. Perry Curtis, Jr., Anglo-Saxons and Celts: A Study of Anti-Irish Prejudice in Victorian Britain
March 3: Diaspora
Scally, 3-22, 82-236 [you may read it all if you wish]
Kerby H. Miller, Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
David Fitzpatrick, Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Irish Migration to Australia
Wilfried Neidhart, Fenianism in North America
We will take a few minutes today to discuss whether the course is accomplishing what the students are hoping to get out of it.
March 24: Home Rule
Conor Cruise O’Brien, Parnell and His Party, 1880-90
Maria Luddy, Women, Power, and Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
A tentative outline for your research essay is due today.
March 31: Week off for individual conferences on research essays
April 7: The Cultural Revival
R. F. Foster, The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland, 275-337 [on reserve]
Jeanne Sheehy, The Rediscovery of Ireland’s Past: The Celtic Revival, 1830-1930
Oliver MacDonagh, States of Mind: A Study of Anglo-Irish Conflict 1780-1980
Louis F. A. Paul-Dubois, on Ireland [Wooster library]
April 14: Freedom
William Irwin Thompson, The Imagination of an Insurrection: Dublin 1916
*******MONDAY, APRIL 18: RESEARCH ESSAYS DUE*******
April 21: Independent Ireland
Film reviews (by teams of two):
In the Name of the Father
April 28: The Troubles
Gerry Adams, Before the Dawn: An Autobiography
Eileen Fairweather, Only the Rivers Run Free
Sean O’Callaghan, The Informer
A. T. Q. Stewart, The Narrow Ground
May 5: Sharing Views of Ireland
Please keep the following points in mind:
1. My regular office hours will be from 9:00 to 10:50 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If those are not convenient, we can schedule a meeting for some other time. My office is Seitz 9. My home phone is 427-3155; my office extension is 5642. My e-mail address is browninr.
2. The research essay, on a subject of your own choosing (but selected in consultation with the instructor), is due on Monday, April 18. Unpenalized extensions will not be granted. A tentative outline for the essay is due on Thursday, March 24.
3. It is imperative for the success of the seminar that you are prepared for your oral report on the day it is scheduled. These reports should consist (as relevant) of the following elements:
1. A description of the thesis of the book (film)
2. Information about sources
3. Analysis of assumptions, models, and/or theories underlying the work
4. Information about the author (producer, director)
5. Some questions the seminar might want to discuss
4. Plagiarism is the use and representation of someone else's work as one's own. It is the most serious offense that can be committed in an academic community. We are obliged to acknowledge our debts to the labors of others, and recourse to notes (footnotes or endnotes) is the most typical way of fulfilling that obligation. Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations gives wonderful advice on building notes and bibliographies. The Student Handbook contains a full discussion of plagiarism. Please read it. I will be glad to discuss any issues about plagiarism with any student.
5. If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your ability to carry out assigned course work, I would urge that you contact the Office of Disability Services at 5453. The Coordinator of Disability Services, Erin Salva (firstname.lastname@example.org), will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential.
6. There will not be a final examination in the course.
7. The course grade will be calculated as follows:
One oral report 20%
Participation in discussion 40%
Research essay 40%
6. If you have recommendations or questions about the course (in particular, perhaps, about how I’m assessing your participation), or if you feel that the course isn’t fulfilling its promise, please get in touch with me to discuss possible adjustments. See the schedule for March 3.