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This is the all-time bestselling history of Ireland. First published in 1967, The Course of Irish History has been updated to include the 1992 Mastricht Treaty. T. W. Moody and F. X. Martin narrate and interpret Irish history as a whole through new research. Written for scholars and amateur historians alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day comes a revised edition of this benchmark volume. Moody and Martin, professors at Dublin's Trinity and University colleges, respectively, compiled the work of 21 scholars into this history that LJ's reviewer labeled "authoritative, balanced, fair-minded, and beautifully written" (LJ 11/1/67). This updated version takes the material up to 1992. Essential for all Irish history collections.
A conventional historical narrative widely read both as a popular overview and as a classroom core text in its 1967 and 1984 editions; an added chapter covering the past decade brings it up to the Maastricht Treaty. Each chapter is written by a specialist in the period. Women get a paragraph at the bottom of the page on divorce and abortion. Published in Ireland by Mercier Press and Radio Telefis Eireann, and in the US by Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 5455 Spine Rd., Boulder CO 80301 (and not by Holt as indicated in Books in Print). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568331751
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1955
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

T. W. Moody was a fellow emeritus at Trinity College in Dublin. He died in 1984. F. X. Martin is an emeritus professor of medieval history from University College of Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Preface to 1967 Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
List of Illustrations
1 A Geographer's View of Irish History 17
2 Prehistoric Ireland 30
3 Early Irish Society (1st-9th century) 43
4 The Beginnings of Christianity (5th and 6th centuries) 61
5 The Golden Age of Early Christian Ireland (7th and 8th centuries) 76
6 The Age of the Viking Wars (9th and 10th centuries) 91
7 Ireland in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (c. 1000-1169) 107
8 The Normans: Arrival and Settlement (1169-c. 1300) 123
9 The Medieval English Colony (13th and 14th centuries) 144
10 The Gaelic Resurgence and the Geraldine Supremacy (c. 1400-1534) 158
11 The Tudor Conquest (1534-1603) 174
12 The Colonisation of Ulster and the Rebellion of 1641 (1603-60) 189
13 The Restoration and the Jacobite War (1660-91) 204
14 The Age of the Penal Laws (1691-1778) 217
15 The Protestant Nation (1775-1800) 232
16 The Age of Daniel O'Connell (1800-47) 248
17 The Great Famine (1845-1850) 263
18 Fenianism, Home Rule, and the Land War (1850-91) 275
19 From Parnell to Pearse (1891-1921) 294
20 Northern Ireland, 1921-66 313
21 The Irish Free State and the Republic of Ireland, 1921-66 324
22 Ireland, 1966-82 342
23 Ireland, 1982-94 362
Notes 383
Bibliography of Irish History 389
A Chronology of Irish History 425
Index 483
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