Having followed this course the student is able...
- to present knowledge and interpretations of the general outline of the historical development of Great Britian, in particular pertaining to its relations with Ireland, from around 1800 to the present day.
- to analyse the issue of Northern Ireland in terms of its mutual impact on British and Irish history.
- to situate processes of political and religious conflict management and (national) cultural identity formation in their context and to situate these cases diachronically in long term evolutions- to use the acquired knowledge and insights to gain a better understanding of one's own literature on British and Irish history
general knowledge of European history
The course provides a chronological overview of the main political, religious, economic, social and cultural evolutions of Great Britain and Ireland in the past two centuries. In particular the course gives attention to the complicated relationships between Great Britain and Ireland from the Act of Union of 1801 to the most recent evolutions in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The thematic unity in the classes is the uneven relationship between Ireland and Great Britain: imperial power dimensions, Irish diaspora, common English language.
Toledo / e-platform
Is also included in other courses
Description of learning activities
- taking in powerpoint presentations on the historical processes studied in this course- actively participating in the classes by taking notes, answering questions in class, participating in small group discussions, short interventions on one's own literature, answering in writing to questions raised in class.
Course book: Geschiedenis van de Britse eilanden (in Dutch)