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The Irish Revolution, 1913-1923

The Irish Revolution, 1913-1923

Professor Diarmaid Ferriter

This course examines a crucial period in modern Irish history by outlining the main themes of the decade of revolution that led to the formation of two states on the island of Ireland and the experiences of those involved. The course will deal with different aspects of the Irish revolution, including the Ulster Crisis, the Labour movement, the feminist movement, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, Partition, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Civil War, and the social, political, military, and cultural impact and legacy of the struggle for Irish independence and unionist opposition to that in the early twentieth century. The significance of the decade of commemorations 2013-23 will also be discussed.


Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
05 Mar 2020 to 26 Mar 2020 Sessions: 4
March 5th - 26th (Thursdays)
10:00 National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2


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Professor Diarmaid Ferriter

Diarmaid Ferriter is a Professor of Modern Irish History at the School of History, University College Dublin. His main research interest is the social, political and cultural history of twentieth-century Ireland. His book Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon De Valera was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2007. He also contributed a chapter, ‘‘A figurative scramble for the bones of the patriot dead’: Commemorating the Rising, 1922-65’, to the publication 1916 in 1966: Commemorating the Easter Rising (2007).

This is a 4-week course:

  • Thursday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th of March 
  • 10.00-12.00pm

This course takes place at the National Library of Ireland (NLI) on Kildare Street

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Reading List

  • Joost Augusteijn, From Public Defiance to Guerilla Warfare: The Experience of Ordinary Volunteers in the Irish War of Independence 1916-1921 (Dublin, 1996).
  • Joost Augusteijn (ed.), The Irish Revolution, 1913-1923 (Houndmills, 2002).
  • Paul Bew, Ideology and the Irish Question: Ulster Unionism and Irish Nationalism, 1912-1916 (Oxford, 1994).
  • D. George Boyce and Alan O'Day (eds), The Ulster Crisis 1885-1921 (Houndmills, 2006).
  • Francis Costello, The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath, 1916-1923: Years of Revolt (Dublin, 2003).
  • Ronan Fanning, Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 (London, 2013).
  • Diarmaid Ferriter, A Nation and a Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution, 1913-23 (London, 2015)
  • David Fitzpatrick, Politics and Irish Life, 1913-192: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution (Cork, 1998).
  • David Fitzpatrick (ed.), Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923 (Dublin, 2012).
  • R. F. Foster, Vivid Faces: the Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 (London, 2014).
  • Peter Hart, The I.R.A. at War, 1916-1923 (Oxford, 2003).
  • Michael Hopkinson, The Irish War of Independence (Dublin, 2004).
  • Keith Jeffrey, Ireland and the Great War (Cambridge, 2011).
  • Michael Laffan, The Partition of Ireland 1911-25 (Dundalk, 1983).
  • Michael Laffan, The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin party, 1916-1923 (Cambridge, 1999).
  • Sinéad McCoole, No Ordinary Women: Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years, 1900-23 (Madison, WI., 2003).
  • Alan O'Day, Irish Home Rule 1867-1921 (Manchester, 1998).
  • Frank Pakenham (Lord Longford), Peace by Ordeal: The Negotiation of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921 (New ed., London, 1992).
  • Margaret Ward, Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism (London, 1995).