Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Leaving Certificate History Exam Wed 16th of June

Revision Hints

Know your Northern Ireland Case studies really well and the general context of these. Consider the questions

What was the significance of.........
What events lead to....

When studying the other topics, consider the bigger picture/ themes of the case studies in the Topic: eg The Moon landing - theme the Space Race, Vietnam War - theme American Foreign Policy..

Exam Hints

Read the exam paper carefully. Underline key words in the question and in the documents.
Plan your answer.
Focus on the question.
Check your Time regularly.
Pack in as many key points, one per short key paragraph.

Good Luck and let me know what you think of the paper.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2010 Leaving Cert History Exam

Good Luck to all students studying for their History Exam! We wish you well over the next couple of weeks with your Revision. More blog posts to follow about Exam Revision and approaching the History Exam itself.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Vietnam 35 years later - 47 image Photo Essay

Vietnam, 35 years later

April 30th, was the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and Tuesday, May 4th, was the 40th anniversary of the shooting of protesting students at Kent State University, USA. Click the link below to go to this interesting 47 image photo essay (primary sources) about the Vietnam War. It includes some images that some people may find disturbing, but hides and labels these so you are given the choice to click into them and open then only if you wish.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Exam Revision Briefs

The Irish Independent Newspaper is doing a series of exam revision briefs for Leaving Certificate students. Check out the History revision brief, it looks quite useful.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Revision - Sovereignty and Partition

Cuman na Gaedheal
1922 – 1932
Taoiseach – W T Cosgrave

Fianna Fail 1932 – 1948
Taoiseach - Eamon DeValera
Economic crisis - Aftermath of War of Indep and Civil War
Partition – southern Irish economy poor – high unemployment
Dependence on UK re finance and trade
Rural focus – low industrialisation
Central Policy focus on Agriculture sector – free trade – low taxes – link Irish pound with sterling
Patrick Hogan – standards of production, advisers, ACC set up to offer cheap loans, land commission, land Act
Less focus on Industrial Policy – Free Trade vs Protectionism debate – Fiscal Enquiry Committee
Tariffs on small amount of products 1924/35 – concentrate on free trade
Shannon Scheme – major achievement 1929 – cheap power for Industry and public – ESB set up to distribute through one of the first National Grids in Europe
Low Taxes and cuts in spending
Cuts in Old Age pension and no of people getting social Welfare
‘Ultimate Financial Agreement’ with Britain – commitment to pay €5milion of Land Annuities
Some success – agricultural exports increase, small increase in industrial employment, budget balanced
- 30’s World Depression
Economic War + 30’s depression – devastating effect for farmers
Self – Sufficiency
James Ryan - subsidies for farmers – encourage to switch from cattle (arable farming) to crops (tillage) – fixed prices for sugar beet
Industry focus – Sean Lemass
Protectionism – encourage Irish industry set up ICC to give cheap loans to Industry
Semi State Companies set up – Irish Sugar Company, Aer Lingus, Board na Mona, Irish Life
Increase in taxes and some spending
1933 – Unemployment Assistance Act, National Insurance Act – improve benefits.

Improved Old Age and blind pensions 1935 – pensions for widows and orphans introduced.
1932 – Housing Act – improved housing provisions
End to Land Annuities – final Lump Sum Agreed
Some success – more in Industry than Agriculture - some increase in Jobs in Industry but still high unemployment and wages low – increase in Taxes and cost of living
Consolidating Democracy
Continuity and Conservatism
Creation of Civil service
Creation of Legal System
Deals with Boundary Commission and Anglo-Irish Agreement
Law and Order – sets up Garda Siochana – deals firmly with Army Mutiny 1924
- detention without trial to deal with increased IRA violence
- Electoral Amendment Act 1927
- Constitution Amendment act – military tribunal set up to try political offences – power to declare organisations illegal – IRA declared illegal
Peaceful transition of power to FF.
Creation of new Constitution
Bunreacht na Heireann – Irish Constitution 1937
Socially conservative re role of women and role of catholic church – irish lang
Deal with threat from O Duffy + Blueshirts – march banned – ACA declared illegal
1936 – declared IRA illegal and key members arrested
Foreign (Inc Anglo
Join League of Nations
Part of the Commonwealth
Follow the terms of the Treaty
Dismantling the Treaty – ‘changes’ – ‘radicalism’
Active Role in the league of Nations, 1933 Abolished Oath of Allegiance,
Downgraded and abolishing the role of Governor General,
Ended the right of appeal to the Privy Council, Abolished the Senate, 1936 External Relations Act,
Bunreacht na Heireann, Economic War,
1938 Anglo Irish Agreement - end of land Annuities and return of Treaty Ports

Monday, March 29, 2010

Revision - Dictatorship and Democracy - Rise of Hitler and Road to War.

Check out this good summary on the rise of Hitler and the road to World War 2. Includes interesting primary source footage(From the BBC series History File)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Revision - Dictatorship and Democracy - Nuremberg Rallies

Check out footage of the Nuremberg Rallies + Triumph of the Will- Propaganda.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Revision - Dictatorship and Democracy

Key Personality - Charlie Chaplin.

Thanks to Una for sharing this link! Very powerful speech criticising Hitler and Nazism, from Chaplin's first talking film 'The Great Dictator' released in 1940.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sixth Year, Leaving Certificate History - Revision Seminar

Event - Sixth Year History Revision Seminar

Venue - Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin

Date - Saturday 20th March 2010

Cost - 20 euro payable at the door. First Come First served basis.

9.30 - Registration

10-11.00 - The Marking Scheme and how to maximise your marks - Ms Susan Cashell, Advising Examiner and teacher.

11.00-12.00 - tackling the Case Studies in 'Dictatorship and Democracy' - Sean Delap - teacher and text book author.

12.00 - 1.00 - Contextualisation of the 3 case studies - Gerard O sullivan - teacher and HIST Inservice team member.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Talking History Podcasts - Newstalk Radio

Check out the archive of useful podcasts from Newstalk 106-108Fm's popular history programme Talking History. Upcoming programmes of specific interest to our LC syllabus will be available as follows:

Monday 11th March -special Leaving Certificate History programme
Monday 15th March - Fine Gael
Monday 22nd March - Patrick Pearse andd Martin Luther King
Monday 29th March - Edward Carson, Bobby Kennedy and Roger Casement

Go to www.newstalk.ie or itunes

Talking History on Newstalk every Sunday from 7pm - 9pm.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Revision - Sovereignty and Partition -The Belfast Blitz 1941

Check out this useful video about the Belfast Blitz 1941.

Revision - Dictatorship and Democracy - Propaganda

Check out an interview with Leni Riefenstahl - key personality. Includes footage from Nuremburg Rally.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Revision - The Eucharistic Congress 1932

Check out newsreel footage of 1. The Papal Legate's welcome to Ireland. 2. Celebrations during the religious festival, including Mass in The Phoenix Park and a procession through the Dublin City Centre and O Connell St.
See also the useful article " On show to the world: The Eucharistic Congress of 1932" in History Ireland. Click on the link below.



Revision - Sovereignty and Partition - Easter 1916

Check out two short videos on the events of the 1916 Rising. 1. Includes eyewitness testimony 2. Includes useful footage of the aftermath of 1916 and photgraphs from the time.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Revision - Sovereignty and Partition

Check out this very short summary of some of the key events surrounding the Anglo Irish Treaty.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Revision - The Jarrow March /Crusade

Check out this short video created by a student about The Jarrow March - a useful starting point for Revision. It includes some good primary source footage.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Google flies you to The Moon.

So you want to travel to the moon and explore it's history? Land on the Moon in Google Earth.Check out how, by watching the video below and then log onto http://www.google.com/moon/

Then download Google Earth by logging onto http://earth.google.com/moon/

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Moon Landing - July 20th 1969

Check out 1. Extract from a NASA programme on The Moon Landing, including original footage. 2. Trailer for the Documentary Film 'In the shadow of the moon'.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Revision - Dictatorship and Democracy 2 - Russia

Hope all our Leaving Certificate History Students will use the extra individual study time created by school closure to revise more topics and complete more timed past exampaper essays.

See Clips below focusing on Russian History. Topic - Propaganda and Control - 'Stalin's Show Trials'.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Revision. Dictatorship and Democracy 1. Germany.

A bit slow moving in places but a useful starting point for revising German History. These two clips come from the beginning of the series 'The World at War'. Episode 1 - A New Germany - explores the growth of Fascism and Dictatorship.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

History of Decades

Happy 2010 to all!

To our Leaving Certificate Students - hope you revising well and working on the final draft of your Research Topic.

Check out the two videos below representing views of the histories of different decades. Video 1. 2000 - 2009 Video 2. 1950's and 60's. Let me know what you think!

More posts to follow over the next few days, some to do with the History of Weather!