A Brief History of Ireland

A Brief History of Ireland

by Paul F. State
     
 

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A Brief History of Ireland provides a broad narrative of the central events that have shaped the country, from the arrival of the Celts to recent economic developments that have brought booming prosperity and social change. The geographical proximity of Great Britain and a strained relationship between the peoples of the two isles had a profound impact on Irish… See more details below

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A Brief History of Ireland provides a broad narrative of the central events that have shaped the country, from the arrival of the Celts to recent economic developments that have brought booming prosperity and social change. The geographical proximity of Great Britain and a strained relationship between the peoples of the two isles had a profound impact on Irish development, culminating in the forced absorption of Ireland into Great Britain in 1801. The Irish struggled to retain their separate ethnic identity-defined by a distinctive language and cultural traditions and their Roman Catholic faith-and resolved to win independence. For more than a century, Ireland became hostage to the religious discord, outbreaks of armed rebellion, social and political instability, and famines that plagued the nation and its people. The Irish managed to survive, and, ultimately, they succeeded in securing their dream of national self-identity. Now a democratic and prosperous nation open to the world, modern Ireland is a synthesis of both Irish and English heritages.

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State (Historical Dictionary of Brussels) opens this vibrant reference with an introduction to Ireland's landscape, people, economics, natural resources, and current government. Following this essay-style overview are 11 chronologically organized chapters. Each is devoted to a significant historical watershed, tracing events from Ireland's prehistory to its contemporary prosperity. Appendixes provide at-a-glance portraits of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, including a list of presidents, prime ministers, and a time line of notable dates. A 14-page "Further Reading" list concludes this worthy substitute for T.W. Moody's 2002 essay compilation The Course of Irish History.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816075171
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Brief History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,329,774
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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