A Brief History of Ireland

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Facts On File, 2009 - History - 408 pages
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The close geographical proximity of Great Britain has had a profound impact on Irish history. The interaction and confrontation between the two peoples and cultures culminated in 1801 with the absorption of Ireland into Great Britain. The Irish struggled to retain their separate ethnic identity—defined by a distinctive language and cultural traditions, and by the Roman Catholic religion—and ultimately, to win independence. Religious discord, social and political instability, and outbreaks of armed rebellion mark the historical record. The Irish managed to survive and, in the end, they succeeded in securing their cherished goal of national self-identity. A democratic and prosperous nation open to the world, Ireland today comprises a synthesis of both Irish and English heritages.

Providing a broad narrative and relating the central events that have shaped the country, A Brief History of Ireland touches on all aspects of Ireland’s history, including political, economic, cultural, social, and foreign affairs. Recounting this country’s long history—from the arrival of the Celts to recent economic developments that have brought booming prosperity and social change—A Brief History of Ireland notes what makes Ireland unique among nations, including noteworthy contributions made by the Irish.

Coverage includes:

  • Pagan Ireland
  • The arrival of Christianity
  • Viking and Norman invasions
  • Protestant power
  • The Great Famine
  • The struggle for independence
  • Political division of Ireland
  • Modern Ireland and its new role in the world
  • Irish culture and society.

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User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

Very thorough coverage of subjects broken down chronologically. Have little interest in some areas such as many of the early literature, but I'm sure others would be interested. The reference list is well done as well so you can research further. Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Walker - Goodreads

A good read. It was a great piece of education prior to my trip over there. Read full review


Beginnings to the End of Pagan Ireland Prehistory431
Christianity Arrives and Thrives 431795
From Viking Invasions to Royal Confrontations 7951169

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