Ireland Since the Union

History 152A

Fall 2011
122 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12P

Following an introductory section on Ireland from the English conquest (1691) through the 18th century, this course studies Irish history from the Union with Great Britain (1800) to the end of the Northern Troubles in the first years of the 20th century. The decisive moments of this story include: the 18th-century Protestant ascendancy and the anti-Catholic penal laws; the Union with Great Britain; Catholic emancipation; the Great Famine; Irish nationalism and the formation of the Irish Party; Home Rule, the Land League, and Unionism; World War I; the Irish Revolution, and Partition (1922); the Northern Troubles since 1967; and the two Irish states' integration into Europe. This history transformed Ireland from a British colonial society into a European people with two national identities. It also created the Other Irelands, the Irish migrations abroad which form, in relation to the home populations, one of the greatest diasporas in modern history. This is a general course designed for students who may or may not have previous acquaintance with Ireland and its history in modern times. There will be a good deal of choice about writing assignments.


Thomas A. Brady Jr., Professor of History emeritus at Berkeley, writes on European and German history 1400 to 1800. Myles Dungan is an Irish historian with expertise on modern Irish politics, the Irish in World War I, and the Irish in the American West; he is also a frequent broadcaster on Irish State Radio.