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The Oxford History of Ireland

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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Table of Contents

1. Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland ; 2. The Norman Invasion and the Gaelic Recovery ; 3. Early Modern Ireland, c. 1500-1700 ; 4. Ascendancy and Union ; 5. Ireland Since 1870 ; 6. Irish Literature and Irish History ; Further Reading ; Chronology ; Index

About the Author

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.


Review from previous edition `Both the findings and the angles of attack on Irish political history are truly up to date.' * Times Literary Supplement *

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