Tells the absorbing story of post-famine Donegal, the Molly Maguires - a secret society who had set themselves up against the exploitation of the rural poor - and Patrick McGlynn - an avaricious schoolmaster who turned informer on them, availing of hunger, disease, debt, hardship, and death to expand his holding at the expense of his neighbours.
Tells the story of the volunteers of the 36th and 16th divisions who fought on the Somme and side-by-side at Messines throughout the First World War. The author also brings in forgotten West Belfast men from throughout the armed forces, from the retreat at Mons to the defeat of Germany and life post-war.
The story of the Easter Rising from the perspective of those who made it, focusing on the experiences of rank-and-file revolutionaries and exploiting a unique and recently released collection of over 1,700 eye-witness statements.
This is a readable account of Irish history in the first quarter of the 20th century. Drawing on the most recent scholarship on this period, the author presents a balanced narrative, with a useful historiographical section at the end of each chapter.
Although not history, this book about Ireland and the Irish covers the past extensively, "the troubles" and their background, as well as their national character and personality, and this relationship to Europe, Britain and the US.
In a field riven by controversy, the Oxford Companion to Irish History is a comprehensive and balanced source of information on the history of this complex and fascinating country. Written by a team of almost 100 experts, the Companion's 1,800 A-Z entries explore Irish history from earliest times to the beginning of the 21st century.
In a century of unrelenting, bloody warfare and religious persecution in Europe, Cromwell was, in many ways, a product of his times. As commander-in-chief of the army in Ireland, however, the responsibilities for the excesses of the military must be laid firmly at his door, while the harsh nature of the post-war settlement also bears his imprint.
An analysis of political, economic and cultural development in Northern Ireland between 1945 and 1999, updated to include material on the new Northern Ireland Assembly. The text offers a general history of the province as well as a contemporary view.
This introduction to the politics of the Irish republic covers the 1997 general election, and the creation of a new coalition of Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats under Bertie Ahern that year. Reflecting recent developments in Irish politics, the book has a chapter devoted to sleaze.
Despite the best efforts of the English government, Elizabethan Ireland remained resolutely Catholic. Hutchinson examines this 'failure' of the Protestant Reformation. He argues that the emerging political concept of the absolutist state forms a crucial link between English policy in Ireland and the aims of the Calvinist reformers.
Acclaimed by everyone from Jake Arnott to the LRB; The Times to Noam Chomsky, Christie's memoir of being an anarchist in the UK is a thrilling, funny insight into how one man tried to change the world.
The Troubles may have developed into a sectarian conflict, but the violence was sparked by a small band of leftists who wanted Derry in October 1968 to be a repeat of Paris in May 1968. Like their French comrades, Northern Ireland’s ‘sixty-eighters’ had assumed that street fighting would lead to political struggle.
The struggle that followed, however, was between communities rather than classes. In the divided society of Northern Ireland, the interaction of the global and the local that was the hallmark of 1968 had tragic consequences.
Drawing on a wealth of new sources and scholarship, Simon Prince’s timely new edition offers a fresh and compelling interpretation of the civil rights movement of 1968 and the origins of the Troubles. The authoritative and enthralling narrative weaves together accounts of high politics and grassroots protests, mass movements and individuals, and international trends and historic divisions, to show how events in Northern Ireland and around the world were interlinked during 1968.
Ranging widely across 1970s British society, from churches to terrorist organisations, this examination of the 1975 European Referendum puts the 2016 vote in historical perspective. It is ideal for students of history and politics and for anyone interested in modern British history, the 1970s or the relationship between Britain and Europe.
Addressing the dynamics of power in early modern societies, this book challenges the existing tendency to see past societies in terms of binary oppositions - such as male/female, rich/poor, rulers/ruled - in which the disadvantaged have influence only in moments of direct confrontation.
Clearly and accessibly written, Dixon provides a lively introduction to the nature and politics of the Northern Ireland conflict and of successive attempts to resolve it. The comprehensively revised 2nd edition has been updated to take account of new information and an entirely new chapter has been added on implementing the Good Friday Agreement.
This study explores relations between Britain and Ireland during the late-19th and early-20th century. The text provides the background to the unfolding and dramatic events in both Northern Ireland and in Britain as the United Kingdom moves towards a federal constitutional structure.
Surveys the politics and administration of the new Irish state, but also focuses on the social history. Explores neglected features of modern Irish history, such as the role of women in Irish society, and traces the recovery of the country's economic fortunes at the century's end.
Gibbons tells us how the idea of dividing Ireland came about, how it gained acceptance and popular support, about its complex and controversial implementation, and the turmoil of the years that followed.
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The Irish experience of Christianity has never been simple or uncomplicated. Here, Crawford Gribben describes the ancient emergence, long dominance, sudden division, and recent decline of Ireland's most important religion, as a way of telling the history of the island and its peoples, from earliest times to the present day.
Since his brutal conquest of Ireland, Oliver Cromwell has attained the status of Ireland's national ogre. This book uncovers the ways in which he was memorialized and sometimes conveniently forgotten from 1660 to 1900, exploring his diverse personae in history writing, religious works, literature, political polemic, folklore, and the landscape.
Partition tells us how the idea of dividing Ireland came about, how it gained acceptance and popular support, about its complex and controversial implementation, and the turmoil of the years that followed.
A gripping investigation into one of Irish history's greatest mysteries, Great Hatred reveals the true story behind one of the most significant political assassinations to ever have been committed on British soil.
Before Easter 1916 Dublin had been a city much like any other British city, comparable to Bristol or Liverpool and part of a complex, deep-rooted British world. What did the British think they were doing? And how were the events really interpreted by ordinary people across Ireland? This title addresses such questions.
This text aims to provide an assessment of the First World War in Ireland and its consequences, arguing that this is the key to understanding the complexities of the Irish nation today. The author explores how the War transformed the nature of the Irish and Ulster.
Offering an assessment of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, this title presents the story of the nationalist politics that produced the Irish Revolution, the tortuous treaty negotiations, and the deep divisions within Sinn FZin that led to the slow unraveling of fragile party cohesion. It is complemented by a collection of annotated primary sources.