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Britain and Ireland: The Escalating Conflict 1790-1922

For many centuries Ireland has arguably been Britain's 'Achilles Heel'. Once a Protestant community was established in Ireland, the foundations were laid for future internal dissension as well as fractious relations with Britain. From the late eighteenth century onwards, Britain struggled to contain the rising tide of nationalism in Ireland, hoping that firm government combined with modest reform would appease the Irish. Such policies failed with the result that Ireland was finally threatened by civil war.

This course will examine the historical background to the Irish challenges to British control and will seek to understand why the British and the Irish found it so hard to achieve consensus. We will investigate the various nationalist movements within Ireland and assess the impact of their ideas and actions on Anglo-Irish relations as well as seeking to appreciate the nature of the Ulster problem in Ireland.

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2019-01-30 09:29
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Document Britain and Ireland.Coursework

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Ireland before 1800: An Overview

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Ireland before 1800 - document work

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