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Ireland in Rebellion 1782-1916

by Trinity College Dublin

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This is a free 14-week online course about the making of modern Ireland looking at the period 1782 to 1916 and beyond. Beginning with the winning of legislative independence, and exploring the competing forces of constitutional nationalism and radicalism, it looks at the forces which led to the creation of the independent Irish state.

Customer Reviews

Extensive, Entertaining, Rewarding...

This course in Irish history is a real find. If I called Professor Patrick Geoghegan the Carl Sagan of Irish history, would you get the idea? It’s series of insightful and balanced lectures by Geoghegan, Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin. The format is a lecture broken into downloadable segments, followed by conversation between Geoghegan and a guest expert. Geoghegan is an innovative teacher. In addition to presenting this free online course, his bio on the college website notes that his radio show, Talking History, has one of Ireland’s most downloaded podcasts. He’s a compelling and entertaining man, ideally suited to an online course.

Because it might be an obstacle to your enjoyment of this program, you should know there are technical problems (either in iTunes U or on Trinity College Dublin’s end). This course loads episodes out of order, forgets which episodes you’ve already watched, forgets if you’ve deleted episodes, or loses some you’ve downloaded. You’ll be tempted to chuck the whole enterprise. Don’t.

Ireland in Rebellion 1782-1916, was a great way for me, a beginner, to study Ireland. But students who already have a strong background will appreciate Professor Geoghegan’s examination of nuances and ambiguities this history carries. In my favorite episode he interviews a colleague who takes a less adoring view of the iconic rebel, Robert Emmett. Yet Geoghegan, an Emmet scholar and biographer, is perfectly comfortable giving an audience to a contrasting viewpoint. In two other episodes, the conversations with the justice from the Irish Supreme Court were remarkable.

Very worth the effort you put in. Highly recommended.

Ireland In Rebellion

If this is a series of 14 lectures, why are there 10 videos? How do you find the rebellion of 1798?