Ireland in the Twentieth Century

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A brilliant history of Ireland in the 20th century -- authoritative, highly readable and controversial -- from Ireland's premier historian.

"This will be a history of Ireland in the 20th century. It will begin with the scene-setting previous years, how the 19th century and the politics of the past culminated to create the 1916 Rebellion, and from that, the Sinn Fein movement, the IRA, the Anglo-Irish War, the Civil War, and beyond those ...
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Overview

A brilliant history of Ireland in the 20th century -- authoritative, highly readable and controversial -- from Ireland's premier historian.

"This will be a history of Ireland in the 20th century. It will begin with the scene-setting previous years, how the 19th century and the politics of the past culminated to create the 1916 Rebellion, and from that, the Sinn Fein movement, the IRA, the Anglo-Irish War, the Civil War, and beyond those events, the sort of 'noises off' war which accompanied the partitioning of the country during this period and set up the Six County State we know today as 'Ulster.'

"I then intend to give not merely a linear history of events North and South in the two States, but also to examine the culture of the two States, the Orange Order for example, the power of the Roman Catholic Church, North and South.
"This will mean examining the workings of censorship, the attitudes of the people, and the churches which form them, the educational system, and the 'feel' of the country as much as the facts.

"For of course, above all, this book must be accessible to a general reader, while at the same time being of a standard which will make it of value to a professor or a history teacher, as is for example, my Michael Collins book, or my book on the IRA."

-- Tim Pat Coogan
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Coogan, the respected biographer of Eamon De Valera and Michael Collins, takes a fascinating in-depth look at the country that went from colony in 1900 to economic dynamo by the advent of the 21st century. Coogan takes illuminating looks at De Valera, who gave a face to Irish nationalism, and Collins, who, through his superb intelligence network and the handiwork of his personal assassination squad, terrorized the British out of Ireland. Although no fan of De Valera, Coogan shows what a master politician he was during WWII as, under threat of invasion by the British, he stood firm for Ireland's neutrality, while at the same time accommodating the British by returning downed airmen. One of the heroes of the Irish century is Se n Lemass, who went from being one of Collins's gunmen to being prime minister, starting to bring Ireland out of its economic doldrums. During his regime, from 1959 to 1967, Lemass instituted many changes in education and laid the groundwork for Ireland to join the EEC (which became the EU in 1993). Coogan compares the government of Northern Ireland and its policies toward Catholics to "South Africa under apartheid." He shows how, by gerrymandering, the Unionists stripped Catholics of all power in the "Six Counties." This powerlessness resulted in the civil rights marches of the 1960s, which, when repressed, nourished the long-dormant IRA. Coogan goes through the long process that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and fully credits the work of Bill Clinton, U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Sinn F in leader Gerry Adams and Prime Minister Albert Reynolds. The politics and culture of Ireland changed dramatically in the 20th century, and Coogan has done a masterful job of taking a very complicated history and making it lively reading. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"...a fascinating in-depth look at the country that went from colony in 1900 to economic dynamo by the advent of the 21st century...Coogan has done a masterful job of taking a very complicated history and making it lively reading."—Publisher's Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403963970
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/4/2004
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. He is the author of Wherever Green is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora, The Troubles, The IRA, Michael Collins and On the Blanket. He lives in Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Grasping the orange nettle 1
Ch. 2 Aftermath and civil war 60
Ch. 3 From blood to book-keeping 142
Ch. 4 Ourselves (very much) alone 230
Ch. 5 Stormont : a body impolitic 298
Ch. 6 Republicans fall and rise, Croziers fall 326
Ch. 7 Lemass : the window-opener 419
Ch. 8 The green flickers out, the orange ignites 459
Ch. 9 Decade of dissension 511
Ch. 10 Paisley the parliamentarian 544
Ch. 11 Sinn Fein re-emerges 578
Ch. 12 The peace process 649
Ch. 13 Culture and society 697
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