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Leaving Certificate History course

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Please note the content shown below is 2022 syllabus. This course is also available for 2023 syllabus. Please contact college for details.

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Topic 2: Nation States and International Tensions, 1871-1920. Politics and Administration

  • The Second Reich and the changing balance of power
  • Anglo- and Franco-German tensions
  • Bismarck’s foreign policy
  • The structures of European diplomacy
  • The New Imperialism and colonial rivalries
  • Wilhelm II and Weltpolitic
  • Serbia as a fulcrum of Great Power rivalry
  • The Second International
  • The outbreak of war in 1914
  • The conduct of war
  • War and revolution
  • The Peace Settlement
  • Case Study: The naval policy of Wilhelm II

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Topic 2: Nation States and International Tensions, 1871-1920. Society and economy

  • Economic growth and social tensions
  • Industrialisation in Germany and its impact on society
  • Industrialisation and economic crisis in Tsarist Russia
  • The impact of war on society and economy

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Topic 2: Nation States and International Tensions, 1871-1920. Culture and religion

  • Expression of natural identity through literature and the arts
  • The literature of World War I
  • Church/State tensions in Germany and Italy
  • Anti-Semitism in France and Russia
  • Key developments in science, technology and medicine

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The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949. Politics and Administration

  • The Second Reich and the Changing Balance of Power
  • Bismarck’s Foreign Policy 1871-1890
  • The Structures of European Diplomacy: Anglo and Franco-German Tensions, Wilhelm II and ‘Weltpolitik’
  • The New Imperialism and Colonial Rivalries
  • The Rise of Serbia
  • The Second International
  • The Outbreak of War in 1914
  • The Conduct of War
  • War and Revolution
  • The Peace Settlement
  • Key Personality: Otto von Bismarck
  • Key Personality: Kaiser Wilhelm II
  • Key Personality: Douglas Haig
  • Key Personality: Woodrow Wilson
  • Case Study: The Naval Policy of Wilhelm II

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The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949. Society and economy

  • Industrialisation in Germany and Its Impact on Society 1871-1914
  • Industrialisation and Economic Crisis in Tsarist Russia
  • The Impact of War on Society and Economy
  • Case Study: Women in the Workforce During World War I
  • Key Personalities: The Krupp Family
  • Key Personality: Rosa Luxemburg

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The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949. Culture, religion and science

  • Expression of National Identity through Literature and the Arts: The Literature of World War I
  • Key Personality: Wilfred Owen
  • Church / State Tensions in Germany and Italy
  • Key Personality: Pope Leo XIII
  • Anti-Semitism in France and Russia
  • Key Developments in Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Key Personality: Marie Curie
  • Case Study: The Invention and Early History of the Motor Car
  • Key Personality: Karl Benz

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Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920-1945. Politics and Administration

  • Origins and Growth of the Fascist Regimes in Europe
  • The Nazi State in Peace and War
  • Communism in Russia: the Regimes of Lenin and Stalin the Stalinist State in Peace and War
  • Case Study: Stalin’s show trials
  • France: the Third Republic, 1920-1940, and the Vichy state
  • Wartime alliances, 1939-1945
  • Key Personality: Adolf Hitler
  • Key Personality: Benito Mussolini
  • Key Personality: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
  • Key Personality: Joseph Stalin

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Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920-1945. Society and economy

  • Economic and Social Problems of the Inter-War Years, with Particular Reference to Britain and Germany
  • Case study: the Jarrow March, October 1936
  • The Soviet Alternative / the Russian Economy under Stalin
  • Society During World War 2
  • Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • Key Personality: John Maynard Keynes
  • Key Personality: Winston Churchill
  • The Impact of World War II
  • Case Study: Belfast During World War II

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Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920-1945. Culture, Religion and Science

  • Nazi Propaganda – State Control and the Use of Mass Media
  • Case Study: The Nuremberg Rallies
  • Church-State Relations under Mussolini and Hitler
  • Anglo-American Popular Culture in Peace and War
  • The Technology of Warfare
  • Key Personality: Joseph Goebbels
  • Key Personality: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Key Personality: Bing Crosby
  • Key Personality: Charlie Chaplin

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The Documents-Based Study: Northern Ireland, 1949-1993

  • The Sunningdale Agreement and the power sharing executive, 1973-1974
  • The Coleraine University Controversy
  • The Apprentice Boys of Derry

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