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Ireland's story is an amazingly dramatic and intense one - and today the influence of Irish culture can be felt around the globe. This book helps you find out why, taking you on a rollercoaster journey through the highs and lows of Ireland's past including invasions, battles, executions, religious divide, uprisings, emigration - and hurling!
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Ireland's story is an amazingly dramatic and intense one - and today the influence of Irish culture can be felt around the globe. This book helps you find out why, taking you on a rollercoaster journey through the highs and lows of Ireland's past including invasions, battles, executions, religious divide, uprisings, emigration - and hurling!
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764570407
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/23/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Cronin, PhD, is the Academic Director at the Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, Dublin. Mike has taught history to university students for close to 20 years, and he has written five books on Irish history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 1
Conventions Used in This Book 2
Foolish Assumptions 3
How This Book Is Organised 3
Icons Used in This Book 7
Where to Go from Here 7
Part I Saints and Kings: Ireland's Early Years 9
Chapter 1 No Man Is an Ireland 11
I'm Irish - But Who Isn't? 12
So Much History in Such a Small Place 15
Living History 19
Ireland Today 19
Chapter 2 The First People Arrive 21
Anyone There? Early Settlers 21
Buildings and Bracelets: The Bronze Age 25
Then Comes the Iron Age - and the First Celts 27
Celts Go Gaelic 30
Why the Romans Never Made It 33
Chapter 3 The Early Irish Kings 35
The Romans: They Came, They Saw, and They Didn't Bother 35
The Rise of the Irish Kings 37
Ogham is the Word: The First Irish Texts 43
Chapter 4 Snakes Alive! Christianity Comes to Ireland 45
Holy Tree Huggers! The Druids 45
Knocking on Heaven's Door: Enter St Patrick 47
Christianity Comes to Ireland 49
Christian Ireland 54
Part II The Normans Are Coming! The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 61
Chapter 5 The Vikings Arrive First 63
The Men from Scandinavia 63
The Irish Get Their Own Back 66
The Return of the Vikings 67
Big Brian Boru 70
Chapter 6 Irish vs. Norman Invaders... But Who's in Charge? 75
Realities of Irish Kingship: A Royal Pain 75
The Kingly Contenders, Round 1: The Munster Men 76
The Contenders, Round 2 80
Bout's Over: Enter the Normans 83
The Power of the Church 85
Chapter 7 Boy Meets Gael: The Norman-Irish Alliance 89
Strongbow: Making Political and Personal Hay 90
King Henry Comes to Ireland 92
Doing Things the English Way 96
King John Takes Over 99
Edward I and the First Irish Parliament 101
Part III The Invading English Kings: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 103
Chapter 8 The Scottish-Irish Rebellion and Its Aftermath 105
The Scottish Rebellion 105
Squashing the Irish: Edward III 109
The Statutes of Kilkenny 115
Chapter 9 From Richard II to Henry IV: More Turmoil in Ireland 119
Richard II Arrives 120
Henry IV's Impact 123
Henry VI, Richard Plantagenet, and Irish Chutzpah 126
Chapter 10 Family Feuds I: The Wars of the Roses 131
A Rose by Any Other Name? An Enemy 132
The Geraldines in Charge 133
The Fifteenth Century Success Story 139
Rejecting the Hunchback 140
Plotting Against Henry VII: Part 1 141
Plotting Against Henry VII: Part 2 142
The New Broom: Edward Poynings 144
Part IV Religious Wars and Family Feuds: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 147
Chapter 11 Popes vs. Archbishops: The Reformation and Ireland 149
Henry VIII: Large and in Charge 150
Irish Eyes Aren't Smiling 152
Aiming for Supremacy in Ireland 157
Chapter 12 Religious Roundabouts and Irish Rebellion 161
Edward VI: Young, Sick, and Protestant 161
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary - and Catholic 163
Elizabeth, the Virgin - and Protestant - Queen 166
Rebellion in Ulster 173
Chapter 13 James I and the Plantations; Charles I and Chaos 179
James I and Ireland 180
The Plantation System 183
Charles I and His European Unions 189
Foras feasa ar Eirinn: A History of Ireland 193
Chapter 14 Family Feuds II and III: The English Civil War, then William and James 195
The Civil War 196
The Rebellion of 1641 196
Cromwell in Ireland 203
The Wart Is Dead, Long Live the King (Charles II, that is) 206
The Rollicking Rule of James II 207
William, Orange Not Green 210
Part V Catholic and Protestant: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 211
Chapter 15 Going Irish? Grattan's Parliament and Wolfe Tone's Rebellion 213
The More Things Change: Irish Innovations and Institutions 214
The More They Stay the Same: Troubles for Irish Catholics 217
Trouble Brewing 219
The 1798 Rebellion 222
Chapter 16 Going British: The Act of Union 225
Explaining the Act of Union 226
Robert Emmet's Small Rebellion 230
The Battle for Converts 234
Land and Famine 235
The Population Explosion 238
Chapter 17 Three Strikes for Irish Independence: O'Connell, Davis, and Mitchel 241
Agitating on the Land 241
Daniel O'Connell and Catholic Emancipation 245
Repealing the Act of Union 250
Rebelling against the Union 252
Chapter 18 The Great Hunger and the Land War 257
The Famine 257
Assigning Blame 263
Sailing Away: The Irish Diaspora 265
The Land War: Davitt and Gladstone 273
Chapter 19 The Fight over Home Rule 277
The Great National Leader: Charles Stewart Parnell 278
Parnell's Fall and His Party's Decline 282
The Land Purchase Act of 1903: Killing Home Rule with Kindness 284
Unionist Response: Just Say No 286
Home Rule at Last! 290
Part VI Divided in Two: Life from the 1880s 295
Chapter 20 Balls and Books in Irish: The Cultural Revival 297
Preserving Everything Gaelic 297
Spearheading the Preservation 299
The Literary Revival: Yeats and Others 304
A National Style: The Rebirth of Irish Art 307
Was the Cultural Revival a Success? 310
Chapter 21 Fighting against Britain: The Revolution 313
Home Rule and a House Divided: Nationalists vs. Unionists 313
Time Out for a World War 316
Easter Time in Dublin: The Failed Rebellion and Its Effects 318
Bloody Ireland: The War of Independence 320
Chapter 22 One Land, Two Systems: Partition 325
Who Rules What? The Two Irelands 325
Life in Northern Ireland, 1920s and '30s 326
Building a Free Irish State, 1920s 328
De Valera and His Happy Maidens: The Free State in the 1930s 333
To Fight or Not to Fight? Ireland and World War II 339
Chapter 23 Troubles Begin Again...And Maybe Finish 343
Troubles in the '60s and '70s 344
Troubles in the '80s and '90s 351
Peace Comes Dropping Slow 355
The Celtic Tiger 359
Part VII The Part of Tens 363
Chapter 24 Ten Top Turning Points 365
Chapter 25 Ten Major Documents 369
Chapter 26 Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World 373
Chapter 27 Ten Great Irish Places to Visit 379
Chapter 28 Ten Irish People Who Should Be Better Known 385
Index 391
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