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The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in ...
The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in A.D. 433, this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world’s most dynamic nations. Hegarty examines how world events, including Europe's 16th century religious wars, the French and American revolutions, and Ireland's policy of neutrality during World War II, have shaped the country over the course of its long and fascinating history. With an up-to-date afterword that details the present state of affairs in Ireland, this is an essential text for readers who are fascinated by current events, politics, and history.
Spanning Irish history from its earliest inhabitants to the country’s current financial crisis, The Story of Ireland is an epic and brilliant re-telling of Ireland’s history from a new point of view.
“A prime starter kit. Author Neil Hegarty artfully encapsulates this land of saints and scholars from 433 BC to 2010.”
"A fresh recasting of Irish history...A finely researched and timely celebration of Ireland's turbulent history and conservative people."
"A balanced overview of the history of Ireland...Hegarty highlights the complexities underlying Ireland's ongoing conflicts...Recommended for general readers seeking a thourough, nonpartisan guide to...the history of this...country."
“A most impressive sweep through the preceding centuries …An engrossing and highly readable account of the sweep of Irish history.”
—The Irish Sunday Independent
“A new view of history...Everyone should read this.”
—Evening Herald (UK)
“An engaging, entertaining, and accessible history...Captures the complex state of a nation.”
“Hegarty’s book is an admirably even-handed one, and though … it may be generations before a ‘new national memory’ replaces the ingrained chronicle of repression and reprisal, we should be grateful for such an intelligent attempt to hasten it.”
List of maps iv
Part 1 Gods and Warriors 9
Part 2 The Long Conquest 51
Part 3 Faith and Fatherland 115
Part 4 The Great Change 173
Part 5 Two Irelands 247
Timeline of events 343
Further reading 365
Picture Credits 379
Posted September 18, 2012
Irish history is one full of turmoil, battle and even unsettled government and land ownership today. The Story of Ireland does a supreme job covering these topics, the times, the turmoil of a people and nation divided trying to find their place in an ever changing world.
The author is more than a little light on history of the Druids, mentioning them on only two pages and mentioned in reference only. Yet, Druids seem to have played a major role in Ireland history including some druidic customs still found in Irish customs today.
So sit back, enjoy the journey as you experience the continuous changes in the history of Ireland... You will reveal Ireland was and still is fought over.
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Posted February 25, 2014
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