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Few countries can boast as compelling a history as Ireland. This volume captures all the varied legacies of the Emerald Isle, from the earliest prehistoric communities and the first Christian settlements, through centuries of turbulent change and creativity, right up to the present day. Written by a team of scholarsall of whom are native to Irelandthis book offers the most authoritative account of Irish history yet published for the general reader.
Emphasizing the paradoxes and ambiguities of Irish history, this book presents a more realistic picture than other histories. It explores, for example, the reasons behind the intense regional variations in agriculture, prosperity, and political affiliation in so small a land, and shows why Victorian norms prevail in certain areas of twentieth-century life. It also examines more familiar themessuch as the recurrent religious strife and the shaping of new political entitiesand offers a special section on the interaction between Irish history and its rich literary tradition. Wide-ranging and highly readable, this vivid view of Ireland will entertain and inform anyone interested in this fascinating and colorful island nation.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||xi|
|1.||Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland||1|
|2.||The Norman Invasion and the Gaelic Recovery||44|
|3.||Early Modern Ireland, c.1500-1700||88|
|4.||Ascendancy and Union||134|
|5.||Ireland Since 1870||174|
|6.||Irish Literature and Irish History||230|