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Ireland: Contested Ideas of Nationalism and History

Ireland: Contested Ideas of Nationalism and History

by Hugh F. Kearney
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What is the Irish nation? Who is included in it? Are its borders delimited by religion, ethnicity, language, or civic commitment? And how should we teach its history? These and other questions are carefully considered by distinguished historian Hugh F. Kearney in Ireland: Contested Ideas of Nationalism and History.

The insightful essays collected here all circle around Ireland, with the first section attending to questions of nationalism and the second addressing pivotal moments in the history and historiography of the isle. Kearney contends that Ireland represents a striking example of the power of nationalism, which, while unique in many ways, provides an illuminating case study for students of the modern world. He goes on to elaborate his revisionist “four nations” approach to Irish history.

In the book, Kearney recounts his own development in the field and the key personalities, departments, and movements he encountered along the way. It is a unique portrait not only of a humane and sensitive historian, but of the historical profession (and the practice of history) in Britain, Ireland, and the United States from the 1940s to the late 20th century-at once public intellectual history and fascinating personal memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814748008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Hugh F. Kearney is Amundson Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught from 1975 to 1999. He has also taught at universities in Dublin and Sussex and at Edinburgh, where he was Richard Pares Professor of history from 1970 to 1975.

Table of Contents

Preface: On Being a Historian in Four Countries
Nationalism: The Case of Ireland—An Introduction
Part I: Contested Ideas of Nationhood
Contested Ideas of Nationhood
Faith or Fatherland? The Contested Symbolism of Irish Nationalism
Faith and Fatherland Revisited
Parnell and Beyond: Nationalism in These Islands
Language and Politics
Thatcher’s Britain: Four Nations or One?
Four Nations History in Perspective
Civic/Ethnic Identities in a British Context
The Changing Face of English Nationalism
England’sIrish Enigma
Part II: Contested Ideas of National History
The Irish and Their History
Mercantilism and Ireland
Ecclesiastical Politics and the Counter-Reformation in Ireland
The Politics of Mercantilism
Fr. Mathew: Apostle of Modernization
The Great Famine: Legend and Reality
Colonizing Irish History: Canny Sets the Agenda
Visions and Revisions: Views of Irish History
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“Kearney’s work has brilliantly illuminated, from a distinctive comparative perspective, Anglo-Irish relations over several centuries. Ireland collects his seminal articles, framed by historiographical reflections on his unique experience of “doing history” in four countries: Ireland, England, Scotland, and the United States.”
-J. J. Lee,New York University

“This varied collection of Hugh Kearney's ruminations on Irish history and the troubled course of Irish historical writing will shed much light—and perhaps also some heat.”
-The Historian

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