The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment

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Eugenio Biagini, Daniel Mulhall
Irish Academic Press, Feb 1, 2016 - History - 272 pages

Originally published in 1960 and edited by Conor Cruise O’Brien, The Shaping of Modern Ireland was a seminal work surveying the lives of prominent early twentieth-century figures who influenced Irish affairs in the years between the death of Charles Stewart Parnell in 1891 and the Easter Rising of 1916. The chapters were written by leading historians and commentators from the Ireland of the 1950s, some of whom personally knew the subjects of their essays.

This volume draws its inspiration from that seminal work. Written by some of today’s leading figures from the world of Irish history, politics, journalism and the arts, it revisits a crucial phase in the country’s history, one that culminated in the Easter Rising and the Revolution, when everything ‘changed utterly’. With chapters on men and women of the stature of Carson, Connolly and Markievicz, but also industrialists such as Guinness who contributed to ‘shaping modern Ireland’ in the social and economic sphere, this book offers an important contribution to the renewal of the debate on the country’s history.


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List of Contributors
Stephens Devoy and Clarke
Redmond Dillon and Healy
Douglas Hyde
Arthur Griffith
Michael Cusack and The Rise of the
Michael Collins and Éamon De Valera
Edward Carson
Maud Gonne MacBride
W B Yeats
Pirrie and Plunkett
Countess Markievicz and Eva GoreBooth
Patrick Pearse and James Connolly
The Guinnesses and Beyond
Hanna and Frank SheehySkeffington

Archbishop William Joseph Walsh
George Russell D P Moran and Tom Kettle

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About the author (2016)

Eugenio Biagini is currently Professor of Modern and Contemporary History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. His main publications include British Democracy and Irish Nationalism, 1876-1906 (2007).

Daniel Mulhall is the Irish Ambassador in the USA. He is the author of A New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (1999).

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