Ireland: A History

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 3, 2010 - History - 625 pages
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Ireland has rarely been out of the news during the past thirty years. Whether as a war-zone in which Catholic nationalists and Protestant Unionists struggled for supremacy, a case study in conflict resolution or an economy that for a time promised to make the Irish among the wealthiest people on the planet, the two Irelands have truly captured the world's imagination. Yet single-volume histories of Ireland are rare. Here, Thomas Bartlett, one of the country's leading historians, sets out a fascinating new history that ranges from prehistory to the present. Integrating politics, society and culture, he offers an authoritative historical road map that shows exactly how - and why - Ireland, north and south, arrived at where it is today. This is an indispensable guide to both the legacies of the past for Ireland's present and to the problems confronting north and south in the contemporary world.

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User Review  - gponym - LibraryThing

The writing is lively and very lucid, it drew me in. Aims to be comprehensive from Roman times to date. Given my ignorance of Irish history, I can't judge the accuracy or fairness. Read full review

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User Review  - Josh Brown - Goodreads

I don't give up on books very often, but I gave up on this. I can tell the underlying history is interesting but the writing in this book made it boring. There was little common thread established ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Thomas Bartlett is Professor of Irish History at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. His previous publications include The Fall and Rise of the Irish Nation: The Catholic Question, 1690-1830 (1992), A Military History of Ireland (1996, with Keith Jeffery) and Revolutionary Dublin: The Letters of Francis Higgins to Dublin Castle, 1795-1801 (2004).

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