Life in Urban Galway from the Act of Union to the Ango-Irish Treaty

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Life in Urban Galway from the Act of Union to the Ango-Irish Treaty

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may only take one History Seminar. Spaces are limited.

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    By several criteria, the period 1801-1921 was a stagnant one in Galway's history. Population statistics show a slight decline, and trade figures have a similar trajectory. It was a period of great change nonetheless, during which the state established major institutions - including a workhouse and a university; during which the railway and steamships revolutionised transport; during which there was institutional reform, several extensions to the electoral franchise, and a political revolution.

    Using documentary sources and the interpretative approach of 'history from below', students will examine the response of ordinary Galway people to changes in the world around them, in the spheres of education, work and welfare, entertainment, religion, and politics

    By the end of the module, the student will be able to:
    1) Compile and format a bibliography of primary and secondary sources for the social history of 19th century Galway;
    2) Summarise the historiography of 19th century Galway, and evaluate conflicting views;
    3) Communicate a historical argument orally;
    4) Carry out a substantial research project on the social history of 19th century Galway, and present the findings in a scholarly fashion

    John Cunningham, 'A town tormented by the sea': Galway, 1790-1914, Dublin 2004.
    William Nolan & Anngret Simms, eds, Irish towns, a guide to sources, Dublin 1984.

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