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Ireland in the 20th Century, 1912-Present

5. Ireland Transformed?

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In this final module, Brian offers a brief survey of the changes that Ireland has undergone since 1912, before outlining the key issues that Ireland faces in the 21st century. With the church at its weakest point for over a century, and with the very existence of Fianna Fail being called into question after its close association with the global economic downturn that began in 2008, it is arguable that Ireland is entering uncharted territory.


This course explores the making of modern Ireland, beginning in 1912 and ending in the modern day, and is split into five modules. The first module ('Birth of a Nation, 1912-32') looks at the violent period in Irish history between 1912-23 and attempts to stabilise the political and economic situation from 1923-32. The second module ('De Valera's Achievements, 1932-48') looks at the rise of Fianna Fail and their achievements over the next sixteen years - including their neutrality during the Second World War. The third module ('Crisis and Transformation, 1948-66'), explores the social and economic problems of the 1950s, up to the election of Sean Lemass in 1966. The fourth module ('The Modernisation of Ireland, 1966-97') looks at the various social, economic, and constitutional changes during Lemass' premiership and beyond. Finally, the fifth module provides a survey of how much Ireland has changed in the period, as well as outlining the issues that are still concerning Ireland in the 21st century.


Brian Girvin is a Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on twentieth-century Ireland, including most recently a chapter on 'Sean Lemass and the Making of Contemporary Ireland' in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (2014).

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Girvin, B. (2018, August 15). Ireland in the 20th Century, 1912-Present - Ireland Transformed? [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Girvin, B. "Ireland in the 20th Century, 1912-Present – Ireland Transformed?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,