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Ireland’s Fight for Independence

This course explores the country’s struggle for freedom from British rule and its cultural and literary Renaissance of the early 20th century. The course delves into Irish identity, mythology, and politics, as well as the works of influential writers like Yeats and Joyce.

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Ireland’s Fight for Independence is a comprehensive course that takes you on a journey through Ireland’s rich history, from ancient times to the present day. The course focuses on the period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, when Ireland struggled to gain independence from British rule. Through this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, and cultural forces that shaped Ireland during this pivotal period in its history. The course begins by laying the groundwork of Ireland’s ancient history and centuries of British rule, including the Norman invasion in the 12th century, the brutal Penal Laws, and the Great Famine.

The course then explores the Irish Renaissance, or Irish Revival, which occurred around the turn of the 20th century. This cultural movement fused aesthetic and civic ambitions, creating a climate of masterful artistic creation and resolute political self-determination. This course examines the works of prominent writers such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, J.M. Synge, and Lady Gregory, who captured the spirit of the nation’s ongoing history in their works. The highlights of this course is the fusion of Irish mythology, culture, and language with the growing demand for Irish nationhood. You will learn how the formation of the Irish identity in the early 20th century was a fierce struggle, with Catholics and Irish country folk nurturing their identity, history, and myths under strong oppression. The course examines the political movement that emerged during this time, including the contributions of key figures such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Patrick Pearse, and Michael Collins.

This course is designed for anyone interested in Irish history, literature, and culture, as well as those seeking to understand the dynamics of political struggles for independence. By the end of the course, you will have gained a more comprehensive and empathetic understanding of the experiences and contributions of the Irish people in their fight for independence.

What you’ll learn:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of Ireland’s struggle for independence and the cultural and political factors that contributed to it;
  • Deepen your knowledge of Irish literature, history, and mythology, and their impact on the formation of Irish identity;
  • Explore the Irish Revival and its cultural and political significance.

Who should take this course:

  • Anyone interested in Irish history, literature, and culture;
  • Students of history, literature, and cultural studies;

Individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of the Irish struggle for independence and its cultural and political context.