A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000

A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000

by John Gibney


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A brisk, concise, and readable overview of Irish history from the Protestant Reformation to the dawn of the twenty-first century

Five centuries of Irish history are explored in this informative and accessible volume. John Gibney proceeds from the beginning of Ireland’s modern period and continues through to virtually the present day, offering an integrated overview of the island nation’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic history. This succinct, scholarly study covers important historical events, including the Cromwellian conquest and settlement, the Great Famine, and the struggle for Irish independence. Gibney's book explores major themes such as Ireland’s often contentious relationship with Britain, its place within the British Empire, the impact of the Protestant Reformation, the ongoing religious tensions it inspired, and the global reach of the Irish diaspora. This unique, wide-ranging work assimilates the most recent scholarship on a wide range of historical controversies, making it an essential addition to the library of any student of Irish studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300244366
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 503,685
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Gibney completed his doctorate at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books including The Shadow of a Year: The 1641 Rebellion in Irish History and Memory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

A Note on Conventions ix

Map of Ireland xi

Chronology of Key Events xii

Introduction: Ireland on the Edge 1

Part I The Sixteenth Century

1 New Faith, New Kingdom 11

2 Elizabethan Ireland 23

3 Tyrone's Rebellion: The Nine Years War 35

Where Historians Disagree 44

Part II The Seventeenth Century

4 Plantation 49

5 The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 63

6 The Cromwellian Conquest and the Restoration 69

7 Two Kings 78

Where Historians Disagree 85

Part III The Eighteenth Century

8 Ascendancy 89

9 Hidden Irelands 99

10 Patriots 106

11 The French Disease and the Union 115

Where Historians Disagree 124

Part IV The Nineteenth Century

12 The Age of O'Connell 131

13 Famine and Diaspora 142

14 New Departures 152

15 Culture Wars 168

Where Historians Disagree 180

Part V The Twentieth Century

16 Revolution 187

17 Two Irelands 203

18 The Second Republic 218

19 Between Boston and Berlin 226

Where Historians Disagree: An Epilogue 240

Notes 245

Further Reading and Online Sources 261

Index 267

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