The Irish famine that began in 1845 was one of the nineteenth century's greatest disasters. By its end, the island's population of eight million had shrunk by a third through starvation, disease and emigration. This title presents a compassionate retelling of that awful story for a new generation.
The 1641 Depositions are among the most important documents relating to early modern Irish history. This essay collection is part of a major project run by Trinity College, Dublin, using the depositions to investigate the life and culture of seventeenth-century Ireland.
The Irish Revolution - the war between the British authorities and IRA - was the first successful revolt anywhere against the British Empire. This narrative places events in Ireland in the wider context of a world in turmoil after the ending of a global war: one that saw the collapse of empires and the rise of fascist Italy and communist Russia.
Examines the events of 1968-2003 in historical perspective, including an exploration of the ideological roots of the conflict in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This title covers the decisive episodes that marked the trajectory of the Troubles, from the Civil Rights Movement, the paramilitary ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement.
The Republic of Ireland has won its status as a leading contributor to international peacekeeping operations, which has been its key "foreign policy" since the 1960s. But why is Ireland so keen to be involved? This title attempts to answer this and other questions.
How 'The Troubles' in Ulster defined the Scottish and British military experience post-WW2 'Bloody Sunday' is one of the iconic moments in British History, but what were the experiences of the soldiers in Ulster, many of them Scottish, and how did the wider events of the Troubles figure in their minds? This book provides the answers.
The Irish Republican movement was one of the most significant revolutionary movements of the twentieth century. This book focuses on the issue of republican splits, which created the Provisional and Official republican movements, and the subsequent development of those movements.
Surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. This title deals with argumentative, exciting, subversive and original lives of people who made a revolution, as well as the disillusionment in which it ended.
The first major academic study of the Ulster Plantation in over 25 years. This collection of essays by leading scholars in the field on a broad range of historical and literary topics redresses the previous coverage of the plantations, moving away from an exclusive colonial perspective, to include the native Catholic experience.
Two former paramilitary leaders - one republican, one loyalist - speak with unprecedented frankness about their role in some of the most appalling violence of the Troubles. The author unearths historical evidence about these two leaders.
An Atlas of Irish History provides coverage of the main political, military, economic, religious and social changes that have occurred in Ireland and among the Irish abroad over the past two millennia.
Focusing on four case studies, William Beattie Smith traces the evolution of British policy from 1969-73 and depicts how easily a conflict over national identity can turn into bloodshed, grief, and horror; and how difficult it is to restore peace once a serious fight has started.
By July 1981 four republican hunger strikers had already died in Long Kesh Prison. A fifth, Joe McDonnell, was clinging to life. To outsiders, Margaret Thatcher appeared unbending; yet, far from the prying eyes of the press, her government was making a substantial offer to the prisoners. This book is a sequel to the bestseller "Blanketmen".
The peace agreement in Northern Ireland has been held up as a beacon for conflict resolution. This book offers an analytical history of the transition from war to peace in Northern Ireland, and compares the violent conflict in the Basque country over the same period, demonstrating how events there have developed very differently.
The fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising has been held responsible for everything from the outbreak of conflict in Northern Ireland to the alienation of an entire generation in the Republic of Ireland. This book examines the myths behind the most elaborate commemoration of the Rising to date.
The practice of terror in revolutionary Ireland remains a highly controversial topic, which seldom receives balanced and dispassionate treatment. This collection of essays in memory of Peter Hart (1963-2010), illuminates the origins, forms and consequences of terror, whether perpetrated by republicans or government forces.
Ireland's story is amazingly dramatic and intense - and today the influence of Irish culture can be felt around the globe. This book helps explain why, taking readers on the rollercoaster journey through the highs and lows of Ireland's past including invasions, battles, executions, religious divide, uprisings and emigration.
There is considerable controversy over the interpretation of the history of Northern Ireland, not least since 1969. This new addition to the 'Seminar Studies in History Series' provides a comprehensive introduction to the difficult topic, reviewing different perspectives on the recent history of the conflict.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the most successful political party in Northern Ireland. Drawing upon unprecedented access, including a survey of the party membership and over 100 interviews with party leaders and members, this book analyses the transformation of a party once seen as the most religiously fundamentalist in Western Europe
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. The devastating events of that Easter changed everything. This book focuses on these events.