Ireland: The 20th Century / Edition 1

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By the twentieth century Ireland had a history very different from that of most other western European countries. The two most profound shocks of the century, the world wars, affected Ireland indirectly, while partition and civil war were embittering first-hand experiences whose legacies continue to shape the course of events. This masterful new history is the first account to cover the whole of Ireland, north and south, from the origins of Sinn Fein at the beginning of the century to the Stormont agreement at the end. Townshend provides a concise, comprehensive, and balanced survey of the key points in Ireland's history.

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"An excellent survey: concise but extensive, thoughtful and well-informed, incisive but judicious. Useful to the student and the general reader."—William Sheridan Allen, SUNY at Buffalo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340663356
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Arnold Publications Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Townsend is a Professor of International History, University of Keele, UK

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Table of Contents

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1 The state of the Union, 1900 1
2 The national question 19
3 Cultures and civilizations: the struggle for Ireland's soul 38
4 Home Rule and the British crisis, 1905-1914 52
5 World war and rebellion, 1914-1919 68
6 The first republic and the Anglo-Irish war, 1919-1922 87
7 Civil war and nation-building, 1922-1932 108
8 The dominion of Eamon de Valera, 1932-1948 132
9 The second republic and modernization, 1948-1968 159
10 The Stormont regime: Northern Ireland, 1920-1969 178
11 The thirty years' crisis, 1968-1998 203
Notes 235
Biographical notes 250
Chronology 254
Select bibliography 264
Appendix 1 271
Appendix 2 272
Index 274
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