The Irish Revolution 1912-1925

Key facts

  • Cost: £95
  • Credits: 5


The years 1912-25 saw a violent end to British rule in Ireland and its replacement by two new Irish states representing conflicting visions of the future. A complex and contested transition that remains in dispute and continues to impact Irish, UK, US and European relations to this day. 

Join this brief 5-week course to take a closer look at this intense period of dramatic consequence. From the first stirrings of revolt in Ulster, through the Easter Rising, to the political turmoil of violent insurrection, partition and civil war, this course will explore the events of this momentous decade and how they continue to shape modern Ireland today. An ideal course for anyone interested in the complexities of contemporary Irish identity, the role of violence in Irish politics and the ambiguous political settlement which emerged as an answer to the age-old Irish question. 

Over a series of talks our expert tutor will explain: 

  • Key events of the Irish revolution from the Ulster Crisis of 1912 to the final settlement of the Ulster boundary in 1925 
  • key evidence from these events and expert historical perspectives and debates 

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars. 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • more about the causes and consequences of the Irish revolution including the development of nationalism and unionism, the breakdown of British authority in south and west Ireland, the establishment of partition and civil war 
  • The radical challenge to British rule in Ireland in the shape of Sinn Fein and the I.R.A, and the role of key individuals including Michael Collins, James Craig and Eamon de Valera 

Who is this course for?

Anyone new to studying history and interested in: 

  • Modern Ireland, its history, culture and key foundation myths 
  • The history of inter-war Europe, the British Empire and models of de-colonisation. 
  • Family heritage and history 


5 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1  

Can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education specialising in History 


Poster (600 words including graphics) (75%)   

Presentation  (25%)

Mode of study

Delivered online via Zoom


  • Can begin your study of history at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days