The Oxford Illustrated History of Irelandby R. F. Foster
Pub. Date: 11/29/2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Few countries have such a compelling and stirring history as Ireland. This sumptuously illustrated volume captures all the color of the Emerald Isle, from the earliest prehistoric communities, through centuries of turbulent change and creativity, to the present day. Written by an expert team of scholarsall of whom are Native to Irelandthis book offers
Few countries have such a compelling and stirring history as Ireland. This sumptuously illustrated volume captures all the color of the Emerald Isle, from the earliest prehistoric communities, through centuries of turbulent change and creativity, to the present day. Written by an expert team of scholarsall of whom are Native to Irelandthis book offers the most authoritative account of Irish history yet published for the general reader.
Unlike most single-volume histories, this book emphasizes the paradoxes and ambiguities of Irish history, presenting a more realistic picture. It also examines more familiar themes, such as the shifting patterns of settlement and colonization, the recurrent religious strife, and the establishment of new political entities. And in a special section, it investigates the interaction between Irish history and literature, demonstrating how the importance of language to everyday Irish life has engendered a body of fiction that is virtually a history of Ireland itself.
With over two hundred photographs, a variety of helpful maps, and many beautiful color plates, this history brings to life the conflicts, settlements, and traditions that constitute Irish history, making it wide-ranging and highly readable for anyone fascinated by this colorful island nation.
Table of Contents
List of colour plates; List of maps; 1. Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland; 2. The Norman Invasion and the Gaelic Recovery; 3. Early Modern Ireland, c.1500-1700; 4. Ascendancy and Union; 5. Ireland Since 1870; 6. Irish Literature and Irish History; Further Reading; Chronology; Acknowledgements; Index.
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This book it what it says, a history book. It's good for research, clarity and understanding of the culture. It's hard to review a history book but, it's insightful and interesting and didn't bore me; which is all I can ask for in a history book.