Modern Ireland, 1600-1972

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1600, the Tudor kingdom of Ireland was divided by Gaelic chieftains, had a subsistence economy and was home to a welter of peoples, each of whom defined their ``Irishness'' differently. By the 1970s, when this massive, scholarly history closes, Irelanddespite three centuries of conquest and fissurewas a country with a powerful sense of national identity. The record of England's treatment of Ireland, as told by Foster, is dismal: intensive colonization via the plantation system, Cromwell's campaign of massacre and expropriation, forced resettlement of native landholders, especially Catholics. In this engaging revisionist chronicle, the author, a University of London historian, shows that the Irish potato famine of 1845-49, far from being a watershed event, merely accentuated the trends of large-scale emigration, agricultural decline and Anglophobia already underway for three decades. Foster casts a skeptical eye on turn-of-the-century cultural revivalists and the gropings of Yeats, Synge and Lady Augusta Gregory; the quest for ``Irishness,'' he argues, has sometimes fueled sectarian and even racialist emotions. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Foster's previous books, on Lord Randolph Churchill and Charles Parnell, established his reputation as a fine political biographer. He now turns his attention to a wider subject--the sweep of Irish history from the English intrusion of late Elizabethan times onward--with considerable success. Foster cuts through the Gordian knot of myriad complex issues to give his reader a solid feel for the key factors that have made modern Ireland. Anyone who wants to understand Ireland as it now is must know it as it has been, and that is what Foster does for his audience. For both academic and public collections.-- James A. Casada, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140125108
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/1990
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps List of Tables List of Figures Preface Acknowledgments

Part One
Prologue: Varieties of Irishness Chapter One: 'Wild Shamrock Manners': Ireland in 1600
Chapter Two: 'Nationalism' and Recusancy Chapter Three: Plantation: Theory and Practice Chapter Four: Confederate Ireland Chapter Five: Cromwellian Ireland Chapter Six: Restoration Ireland Chapter Seven: Shipwreck and Deliverance: The Foundations of Ascendancy

Part Two
Chapter Eight: The Ascendancy Mind Chapter Nine: Economy, Society, and the 'Hidden' Ireland Chapter Ten: The Structure of Politics Chapter Eleven: Americans, Volunteers and the Politics of 'Patriotism'
Chapter Twelve: 'Enthusiasm Defying Punishment': Revolution, Republicanism and Reaction

Part Three
Chapter Thirteen: The Mobilization of Popular Politics Chapter Fourteen: The Famine: Before and After Chapter Fifteen: Ireland Abroad Chapter Sixteen: Land, Politics and Nationalism Chapter Seventeen: The Politics of Panellism

Part Four
Chapter Eighteen: The 'New' Nationalism Chapter Nineteen: War and Revolution Chapter Twenty: The Takeover Chapter Twenty-one: In a Free State Chapter Twenty-two: The de Valera Dispensation Chapter Twenty-three: 'Modern' Ireland?

Proclamation of the Republic Chronology References Bibliographical Essay Index of Subjects Index of Names

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