Ireland: Historical Echoes, Contemporary Politics

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In one generation, modern Ireland has experienced rapid political, economic and social transformation. Every aspect of Irish life and public policy has changed. This thorough study charts and explains all facets of these changes--including the nation's economic development, the education revolution, Irish language policy, Church-State relations, the impact of mass media, the shift on the roles and status of women, constitutional and political development, and the making of public policy on controversial issues ...

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In one generation, modern Ireland has experienced rapid political, economic and social transformation. Every aspect of Irish life and public policy has changed. This thorough study charts and explains all facets of these changes--including the nation's economic development, the education revolution, Irish language policy, Church-State relations, the impact of mass media, the shift on the roles and status of women, constitutional and political development, and the making of public policy on controversial issues such as divorce and Ulster. Also, Ireland's place in the European Union is examined as is the impact of the second Irish Renaissance in music, literature and the arts.Change in the Republic of Ireland has been accompanied by the explosion of bitter ethnic conflict in the North. From the 1968 Civil Rights Movement to the 1998 Belfast Agreement the authors, Finnegan and McCarron, examine the spread of violence, the role of Sinn Fein and the IRA, and the role of the United States, London and Dublin in the conflict.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813314006
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2000
  • Series: Nations of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: 2ND UPDTD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472

Meet the Author

Richard B. Finnegan is Professor of Political Science and Director of Irish Studies at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. He is the co-author (with James L. Wiles) of Women and Public Policy in Ireland; A Guide to Irish Government Publications: 1972-1992; Aspirations and Realities: A Documentary History of Irish Economic Development Policy Since 1922; and Ireland: The Challenge of Conflict and Change. Edward T. McCarron is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department at Stonehill College. He is the author of several journal articles on Irish emigration and Irish-America.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
1 The Question of Irish History: From the Celts to O'Connell 1
2 From the Famine to the Rising 31
3 From Guerrilla War to Independence 63
4 Doors Opening and Closing: Economy, Education, and the Irish Language 91
5 Mixed Messages: The Catholic Church and the Media 123
6 Veneration Versus Rights: The Role of Irish Women 159
7 Catholic State or Catholic Nation: Political Culture, Constitution, and Political Structure 201
8 The Chosen Few: Parties, Pressure Groups, and Policy 239
9 Northern Ireland: The Gordian Knot Tied 281
10 Northern Ireland: The Gordian Knot United? 331
11 Ireland in the World: Policy, People, and the Arts 375
Select Bibliography 411
Index 419
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    History Bought to Life

    If you want to read a scholarly history of Ireland written with the skill of a first rate novelist, this is it. Finnegan is expert at mixing the colors of past events and painting a picture of the present with the skill of a real artist. Make no mistake, this is a book that you will want to own if you are a serious student of Ireland's great heritage and its future promise.

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