Spring 2019 - HIST 362 D100

Ireland from the Penal Era to Partition (4)

Class Number: 3941

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 11911, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5014, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Willeen Keough
    1 778 782-4534
    Office: AQ 6231
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines key social, economic, political, and intellectual developments in Ireland from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries. It will also explore shifting understandings of the 'Irish nation' and consider how communal historical memory can be appropriated to serve different political agendas.


Commenting on Anglo-Irish relations a century ago, Lloyd George observed that the English do not remember any history, but the Irish forget nothing.  Even within Ireland itself, conflicting visions of history have evolved, as different meanings have been attached to events by Gaelic-Irish and Anglo-Irish, Catholic and Protestant, nationalist and unionist.  Dissonance resounds in catch phrases through the centuries: “No Popery!” “No Surrender!”  “Prods Out!”  Different groups have competed for the right to bear the standard of the “Irish nation,” while members of racialized groups – such as Irish Travellers, the Jewish community, and Asian and South Asian populations – have often been marginalized altogether.

The years between 1697 and the early 1920s witnessed a number of developments that would alter the face of the Irish nation.  The penal era, the 1798 rebellion, the growth of Orangeism, Union with Great Britain, the struggles for Catholic emancipation and repeal, the evolution of nationalism and unionism, increasing emigration, the Great Famine, Fenianism, the Land War, the Home Rule movement, rising labour militancy, first-wave feminism, the Gaelic revival, and the ‘troubles’ of 1916-1923—all wrought profound changes on the political, social, cultural, economic, and geographic landscape of Ireland.  In this course, we will examine the main developments of this turbulent period, from the penal era to partition, to try to find some understanding of the people and forces that have shaped modern Ireland.


  • Participation; Reading responses 15%, Class discussions 15% 30%
  • Book review 20%
  • Group presentation 15%
  • Research paper 35%



T. W. Moody and F. X. Martin, eds., The Course of Irish History, 5th ed.  (Roberts Rinehart, 2012).

Michael de Nie, The Eternal Paddy: Irish Identity and the British Press, 1798-1882 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004).

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