Britain and Ireland: Union, Conflict, and Independence, 1798-1949 (HIH2024A)

30 credits

Great Britain has a long and often troubled history of interaction with its close neighbour, Ireland. This module focuses on the political union between the two islands during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, examining the (sometimes violent) processes that resulted in profound and lasting changes to the constitutional arrangements within and between Great Britain and Ireland. The module also considers the development of a distinctly Irish society and culture, during 1798–1949. You will thus examine historical problems that have strong contemporary resonances, addressing the roots of tensions between Britain, the Irish Republic and a Northern Irish state still joined to the United Kingdom.