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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, MAYNOOTH
M.A. (LOCAL HISTORY) EXAMINATION - SUMMER 2000
Dr. J Kelly Dr Colm Lennon, Dr. R. Gillespie.
Candidates should answer three questions. Illustrate your answers, where applicable
with examples drawn from your own research or other case studies.
1. Why do you consider the study of local history in Ireland to be important?
2. Why do you think local historians should study humanised regions, rather than administrative divisions?
3. How has your own approach to local history been influenced by reading either French or English studies of localities?
4. The idea of community in local history presents more problems than solutions in the study of a locality'. Discuss.
5. What do you consider the ideas offered by the ‘New History ' offer to the local historian ?
6. The sense of place offered by maps has little to offer the local historian who is concerned with people. Discuss.
7. What themes would you consider important in writing the. history of either a rural or an urban community?
8. All good local history is comparative local history'. Discuss
9. What do you consider the most important Irish local histories written in the last ten years ? Justify your selection .