The Last of the Celts / Edition 1

The Last of the Celts / Edition 1

by Marcus Tanner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300115350

ISBN-13: 9780300115352

Pub. Date: 03/30/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

What has become of the Celtic peoples whose culture once spanned Europe from the Atlantic to the Black Sea? Does the current faddish interest in Celtic nationalism, music, and arts signal the beginning of a revival for Celtic communities, or the last flicker of a dying culture? Award-winning author Marcus Tanner has journeyed throughout the Celtic world—from

Overview

What has become of the Celtic peoples whose culture once spanned Europe from the Atlantic to the Black Sea? Does the current faddish interest in Celtic nationalism, music, and arts signal the beginning of a revival for Celtic communities, or the last flicker of a dying culture? Award-winning author Marcus Tanner has journeyed throughout the Celtic world—from the wilds of Northwest Scotland to the Isle of Man, from Brittany to Patagonia, and from Boston to Cape Breton—seeking to discover the Celtic past and what remains of authentic Celtic culture today.
Weaving together extensive historical research with first-hand observations of Celtic people in far-flung communities, Tanner finds that talk of a Celtic revival is largely misplaced. He describes the fading prospects of those who have maintained a Celtic identity in the face of powerful pressures to assimilate. Despite great public interest in all things “Celtic,” the threats to the world’s remaining Celtic communities, their language, and their culture are relentless. A distinct Celtic identity may not survive, Tanner fears, and such a loss would impoverish us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115352
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
781,063
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.94(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS....................vii
INTRODUCTION....................1
PART ONE CHAPTER ONE The Scottish Highlands: 'The Ald Scottis toung'....................29
CHAPTER TWO Connemara: 'A vague reverence for the Gaelic'....................69
CHAPTER THREE Belfast: 'The liveliest Gaeltacht in Ireland'....................112
CHAPTER FOUR The Isle of Man: 'An iceberg floating into southern latitudes'....................129
PART TWO CHAPTER FIVE North Wales: 'The dear old language of the country'....................153
CHAPTER SIX South Wales: 'A rich culture, long departed'....................186
CHAPTER SEVEN Cornwall: 'Almost an island'....................219
CHAPTER EIGHT Brittany: 'Plutôt comme une libération'....................250
PART THREE CHAPTER NINE Cape Breton: 'Truly highland in their ways'....................285
CHAPTER TEN Patagonia: 'The survival of our race'....................312
CONCLUSION....................344
NOTES....................351
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................371
INDEX....................383

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