Ireland has a compelling history, from its earliest prehistoric communities to its first Christian settlements, through change and creativity up 'till today. With a unique emphasis on the paradoxes and ambiguities in Irish histories, the reasons behind the regional variations are explored, as well as more common themes of religious strife and the shaping of new political arenas. An informative history that you won't want to put down. 346 pages, paperback.
Few countries can boast as compelling a history as Ireland. This volume captures all the varied legacies of the Emerald Isle, from the earliest prehistoric communities and the first Christian settlements, through centuries of turbulent change and creativity, right up to the present day. Written by a team of scholars--all of whom are native to Ireland--this book offers the most authoritative account of Irish history yet published for the general reader.
Emphasizing the paradoxes and ambiguities of Irish history, this book presents a more realistic picture than other histories. It explores, for example, the reasons behind the intense regional variations in agriculture, prosperity, and political affiliation in so small a land, and shows why Victorian norms prevail in certain areas of twentieth-century life. It also examines more familiar themes--such as the recurrent religious strife and the shaping of new political entities--and offers a special section on the interaction between Irish history and its rich literary tradition. Wide-ranging and highly readable, this vivid view of Ireland will entertain and inform anyone interested in this fascinating and colorful island nation.
R. F. Foster is Professor of Irish History at Oxford University and the author of a number of books, including Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life.
"A rich journey through over 2,000 years of Irish history from pre-Christian times to the present-day Troubles."--The Irish Herald (on the previous edition)
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