One Hundred Years Young - The Mysterious Birth of the United Kingdom

Ref: C2346970

Much has been written about the birth of the Irish Free State (now Ireland). Less is known about how the UK responded, the decisions that were taken about Northern Ireland and how they impact upon current events. This session will review what happened and why, and try to explain why contemporary politicians still struggle to decide what and where our 'border' (or 'borders') with Ireland might be.

Course aim

It is 100 years since Ireland broke away leaving the UK in its current form. We will discuss how the UK handled the change, why we are not celebrating and how choices then still resonate today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • talk about why the UK is really only 100 years old.
  • see how political decisions can have unintended consequences decades later.
  • see how the problems of the 'Northern ireland Protocol' are as much about events in the 1920s as about Brexit.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This session is self-contained.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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One Hundred Years Young - The Mysterious Birth of the United Kingdom

Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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