A history of Ireland /
Mike Cronin.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
xviii, 273 p. : maps.
0333654323 (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
0333654323 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A research fellow in history at De Montfort University Leicester (U.K.), Cronin offers synopsis with little insight in this overview of Irish history. Starting with ancient Gaelic Ireland, he quickly moves on to the introduction of Christianity, the Viking and Norman-Anglo invasions, and the effects on the Protestant Reformation. With Cromwell's invasion in the mid-17th century came the redistribution of land from the Catholics to the Protestants. This is the strong point of the book, as Cronin compacts convoluted Irish history into a comprehensive, readable form. He then briefly covers the 1798 Rebellion, Catholic emancipation under Daniel O'Connell and the great famine of the 1840s, all of which set the stage for the Fenian rebellion of 1867. The Fenians, though unsuccessful, would leave their imprint on Parnell and his Land League. Cronin paints a concise, albeit limited, picture of the events of 1914 through 1923. His portrait of John Redmond, the head of the Irish delegation at Westminster, is telling of the man and his political philosophy. Redmond, who warmly embraced Britain's entrance into WWI, found himself isolated from his own constituents in the aftermath of the 1916 Rebellion. But the author's sketchy and incomplete analysis of post-Civil War Ireland and some of his questionable judgments of important figures will leave some readers baffled. He praises the government of William T. Cosgrave (1922-1932) for his post-revolution adaptation of the in-place British systems in many respects returning Ireland to the status quo ante. He also praises Eamon DeValera, whose ascension to power is often viewed as hypocritical, because he renounced everything for which he had fought the Civil War. Cronin's assessment of the Good Friday Agreement is inadequate: only once does he mention President Clinton, who played the seminal role in brokering the accord. Unfortunately, Cronin sacrifices depth for the sake of brevity; his superficial rendering would best serve as a primer for those who are new to Irish history. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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This volume is an account of Ireland's history from the 12th century to the present day. It includes the development of Gaelic culture, the English invasion, religious conflict across the centuries, and the complex nature of the modern Troubles.
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An lucid and lively history of Ireland from the twelfth century to the present day
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A tiny island in the North Atlantic, Ireland has had an astonishingly powerful impact on the world, both at the height of its independent power in the early Middle Ages, as the key exporter of Christianity to Europe, and at the depth of its colonial subjugation by Britain, as the primary source of settlers in North America. A History of Ireland explores the story of Ireland from the twelfth century to the end of the twentieth century. Written chronologically, it explores the period of the English invasion of Ireland, the emergence of a Gaelic culture, the religious conflicts across the centuries, the struggle over home rule, and the complex nature of the country's modern troubles. Available now for the first time in paperback, A History of Ireland explores economic, social, political, and cultural events and offers a fascinating glimpse into Ireland's past.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Occupation, Assimilation and Resistance, 1170-1533p. 1
Early Modern Ireland, 1534-1691p. 39
From King William to the Act of Union, 1692-1800p. 80
The Nineteenth Centuryp. 118
Founding the Statesp. 173
Post-War Ireland and the Modern Troublesp. 219
Glossaryp. 258
Further Readingp. 263
Indexp. 267
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