Fall 2023 History GU4397 section 001

Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Ire

Hist. Irish Nationalism

Call Number 10389
Day & Time
T 4:10pm-6:00pm
301M Fayerweather
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor James Stafford
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Nationalism is one of the most persistent, powerful and elusive forces in modern world history. This course examines it through a particularly compelling and accessible case study: Ireland. As both a subject of, and a partner in, British colonialism, Ireland straddled both the imperial and anti-imperial dimensions of nineteenth and twentieth-century nationalism. Ireland reveals nationalism’s complexities and ambiguities in an era in which large multinational empires, not nation-states, were frequently seen as fundamental units of political organization.

Through its relationship to the Catholic church, through the global Irish diaspora (especially, though not exclusively, in the US) and through its correspondence and cooperation with other struggles for ‘nationality’ in nineteenth-century Europe, modern Irish nationalism became a transnational phenomenon. As such, it can show us some of the ways in which growing global communication and interconnection can produce and reinforce national sentiment rather than undermining it.

Over a period from the late-eighteenth to the late-twentieth centuries, we will trace the diverse and often conflicting modes of nationalist politics and ideology in Ireland, encompassing controversies over sovereignty, empire, democracy, religion, trade, property, political violence and culture. In so doing, we will not only learn about the role of nationalism in Irish history, but seek to understand its broad conceptual relevance in modern politics.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 15 students (15 max) as of 6:07PM Friday, July 12, 2024
Status Full
Subject History
Number GU4397
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20233HIST4397W001