Third Year

Third Year History is set up differently to First and Second Year. Instead of learning about a different topic in each chapter, this year is divided into three sections:
  • Political Developments in 20th Century Ireland
  • Social Change in 20th Century Ireland
  • International Relations in the 20th Century
They might look like very boring topics just from the names, but each of them are very interesting.  

Political Developments covers the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the civil war, how Irish leaders after independence built the country up, and Northern Ireland and the Troubles.

Social Change focuses on social history (i.e. how people lived) and looks at how Ireland has changed from the beginning of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st in a few areas: life and work in rural and urban areas, entertainment, transport, communications and the role of women.

International Relations starts off with the aftermath of World War I, before showing Mussolini and Hitler's rise to power, and how World War II broke out. After looking at World War II itself, you choose one out of three option topics: you can either learn about the Cold War, the creation of what is now the EU, or nationalism in Asia.

Higher Level students must study all three sections (Political Developments, Social Change and International Relations). Ordinary Level students must study International Relations and either Political Developments or Social Change. If you're unsure about which level you should be doing, talk to your teacher.

Click on the buttons to get the section you want. Each page is divided into sub-pages to make things easier.