Course title:
Irish Free State
David Price
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Thu 17 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Thu 24 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 2
Total number of classroom hours: 4
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 4
Thu 17 Mar 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 24 Mar 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£20.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
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This course is for beginners
This course is for beginners
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Course aim:
How the Irish Free State came into being in 1922 and why it was brought to an end in 1937 and succeeded by the Republic of Ireland.
Course description:
This course will examine the creation in 1922 of the Irish Free State, comprising all Irish counties except six counties of the province of Ulster. This brought to an end the War of Independence against British rule but also signalled the outbreak of the Civil War, which essentially was a conflict between those for and those against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty that set up the State. We will consider the arguments at the time for and against the creation of the State, and how the arguments developed into war which tore communities and families apart and was only concluded when the British government intervened by providing arms to pro-Treaty forces. We'll see how Eamonn de Valera, one of the main opponents of the Treaty, eventually came to dominate Irish politics and oversaw the adoption of a new constitution in 1937, effectively creating an Irish republic and largely bringing to an end British involvement in southern Ireland.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Outline the reasons for opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty
2. Assess how much the outbreak of the Civil War had hinged on personal animosity between Eamonn de Valera and Michael Collins
3. Give reasons why Ulster Unionists only wanted six of the nine counties of Ulster to be within Northern Ireland, with the other three becoming part of the Free State.
4. Explain the significance for Ireland of the Statute of Westminster passed by the British parliament in 1931.
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