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From Ireland's first inhabitants to the most recent developments in the peace process, this new edition of Joseph Coohill's popular survey balances historical narrative with insightful commentary, creating a uniquely accessible guide to the history of Ireland and its people.

With a particular focus on the last two hundred years, the book covers all of the key events and personalities, including the Great Famine, Parnell and Home Rule, and the Good Friday Agreement and beyond. The key to understanding the Irish people lies in understanding their past yet, as Professor Coohill demonstrates, that past has been interpreted in many different ways to serve many different ends; the book thus provides a section on interpretation at the end of each chapter, allowing readers to assess the arguments for themselves.

Newly updated with all of the latest developments in the political situation, as well as new historical interpretations, this highly readable work will provide the perfect resource for students, travellers and anyone wishing to gain an insight into the complex identity of Ireland and its people.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The perfect book for an introductory course on modern Irish history." - Michael Salevouris, Professor Emeritus, Webster University
"Fair to both the Nationalist and Unionist tradition" —
Jeremy Black, University of Exeter
"A brisk, fair and clear introduction to Irish history" —
Cormac O'Grada, University College Dublin
"Hands-down the best textbook on the market." - Patrick McDevitt - Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851683673
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Coohill earned his doctorate in modern history from Oxford and teaches history at Duquesne University. He specializes in the history of 19th-century Britain and Ireland and has taught and published widely in these areas. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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Table of Contents

1 Ireland before 1800 7
2 O'Connell, religion and politics, 1800-48 39
3 The famine, 1845-52 59
4 Fenianism and the land, 1848-81 79
5 Home rule, 1870-93 97
6 Nationalism, unionism and Irish identity, 1891-1922 112
7 The making of two Irelands, 1922-66 142
8 Troubles and triumphs, 1966-present 168
9 Conclusion : themes in Irish history 204
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    History for those who hated history in school

    Ireland, A Short History is the book for people who always thought they hated history. The author's distillation of events, their impact on subsequent events and attitudes as well as summations of other interpretations of Ireland's history, provides the reader with an understanding of the origins of today's problems and cultural views of the Irish population. Immensely readable. Forget your high school history which was all dates and wars, this is history told as it should be told--fluid rather than static. The writing is succinct but not terse. A terrific book. Even if you've never eaten a potato, this is a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2000

    I finally understand Irish history!

    I was given this book by a friend who just bought it, and I was surprised at how clear and understandable it was, given that it was written by an academic. I have been to Ireland as a tourist and have even taken an Irish history class in college, but the history was always presented as if I already knew the basics. This book doesn't assume that, but it isn't dumbed-down either. It's genuinely interesting and understandable. I really liked it and recommend it to anyone who wants to know about Irish history. There were some things I thought could have been better, though. There was too much information crammed into the first chapter, and I thought that maybe there was too much detail about the peace process of recent years. But, compared to most other things I've looked at, this was the best. Also good was the way the author discussed the different views of Irish history. No wonder I was confused before.

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