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FutureLearn Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923

Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    Platform:
    FutureLearn
    Provider:
    Trinity College Dublin
    Length:
    6 weeks
    Effort:
    5 hours/week
    Language:
    English
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    How do people experience war and revolution? How does political change, violence, total war, affect life in its most basic ways? Looking at Ireland through war and revolution, this course considers these and other questions about Irish life between 1912 and 1923.

    The course looks beyond the familiar names and the famous faces. It explores how the events that shaped the nature of modern Ireland - the Great War, the Easter Rising, the Irish war of independence and civil war - were experienced by the people who lived through them or in spite of them.

    A basic interest in Irish and modern European history as well as a curiosity about how conflict shapes civil society. No prior knowledge or expertise is required.

    You can find out more about what to expect from this course in Ciarán Wallace’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow?

    Join this course as we begin to consider these and other questions.

    No software or tools are required.

    What topics will you cover?
    Through videos, assignments and discussions, through innovative approaches, this course introduces you to the history of Ireland in one of its most tumultuous periods. Considering the choices of those who fought in all sorts of ways for all sorts of causes, looking at the continuities of everyday life, this course allows us to question our broader understanding of these years.

    Looking at the intricate and complex tapestry of lives lived, often in the midst of chaos, we might begin to ask different questions of these years. Do we understand war better if we consider the motivations that took a single soldier to the front, whether that front was in Flanders or Dublin? Does our sense of the entire period change when we examine general social and cultural trends or when we investigate their effect on private lives?

    Taught by
    Professor Ciaran Brady, Dr. Anne Dolan, Dr. Ciaran

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