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1918 - An End and a Beginning

The year 1918 is a pivotal one in modern history: it represents both a beginning and an end. The tumult of the Great War dominated much of the year and the ending of that war is the essential event of 1918 and will be examined in detail. But the story of the ending of the war is part of a much wider narrative of social, economic, political and cultural change. That the war had lasted so long and been fought in the manner that it had ensured that post-war society could never return in its pre-war aspect. This was already apparent in 1918 in everything from the extension of suffrage to women to the rise of the labour movement.

Dates Venue/Location Fee €
06 Apr 2018 to 27 Apr 2018 dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin


4 Fridays 11:00am - 1:00pm

April 6, 13, 20, 27

At the end of this course, a student should be able to: 

  •  Outline the main events of 1918
  • Evaluate the impact of the end of the Great War
  • Discuss the changed position of women in society
  • Explain the rise of socialism
  • Discuss Ireland in 1918


This course will be taught by lecturers from the School of History at UCD who have written extensively on this period. The lecturers will include Prof. William Mulligan, Dr. Paul Rouse, Dr. Conor Mulvagh and Dr. Fionnuala Walsh.

  • The end of the Great War
  • The extension of the franchise to women
  • The rise of Sinn Féin in Ireland
  • Cultural life in 1918
  • The rise of socialism
  • The world in 1918