The Oxford History of Ireland

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Robert Fitzroy Foster
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 346 pages
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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 scholars--all of whom are native to Ireland--this 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 themes--such as the recurrent religious strife and the shaping of new political entities--and 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.

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somewhere in the first 50 pages Foster refers to mercenaries as 'ubiquitous'...but actually we don't see many of them. Cromwell is also dismissed rather quickly. At the same time, points of this ... Read full review

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Very illluminating. The chapter written by editor Mr Foster is far and away the most evocative and compelling and clear Read full review


The Norman Invasion and the Gaelic Recovery
Early Modern Ireland c 15001700
Ascendancy and Union
Ireland Since 1870
Irish Literature and Irish History

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R. F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Hertford College. His previous books include Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and his Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (1988), and W. B. Yeats: Volume I (1997). He is currently working on volume II of the authorized biography of W. B. Yeats, to be published by Oxford University Press.

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