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    An exercise in public history, exploring the centenary commemorations of the revolutionary events that shaped Irish history.

    Commemorating Irish History responds to a current trend of commemorations across former colonies of the British Empire, intensified during centenary commemorations of the Great War (1914-18).

    This paper explores the history and legacies of Ireland's revolutionary decade with emphasis on 'the politics of commemoration' surrounding the critical events and movements that defined the 1913-23 period. Along with offering necessary historical context, this paper focuses on the subsequent legacies of critical events.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Commemorating Irish History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    Pre or Corequisite
    48 300-level HIST points

    Professor Sonja Tiernan -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Sonja Tiernan

    Paper Structure

    The main topics include: the Third Home Rule Crisis, the 1913 Dublin Lockout, the Great War, the Irish at Gallipoli, the 1916 Easter Rising, the 1918 Conscription Crisis, the Anglo-Irish War, the Irish Civil War, Partition and the establishment of the Irish Free State.

    Teaching Arrangements

    A 3-hour seminar each week taught on campus.


    There is no textbook for this paper. Students are expected to read the set readings and range beyond them in their wider reading.

    Set readings will be made available electronically.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of key events in modern Irish history which led to the partition of the country into an independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which remains within the United Kingdom
    • Display a critical understanding of the politics of memory and historical commemoration
    • Develop the ability to critically analyse primary source documents with confidence
    • Demonstrate the ability to plan, research and present a significant piece of independent work based on a range of primary and secondary evidence


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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