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In search of Ireland's heroes : the story of the Irish from the English invasion to the present day /
Carmel McCaffrey.
imprint
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2006.
description
xii, 290 p.
ISBN
1566636159 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781566636155 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2006.
isbn
1566636159 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781566636155 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
catalogue key
6021887
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-07-31:
McCaffrey (In Search of Ancient Ireland) has penned a "quick," partisan (from the Catholic viewpoint) version of Irish history. The arrival of the English in the 12th century is duly noted and the long melancholy march to the modern age is marked by jumps from King Dermot MacMurrough to Oliver Cromwell, the potato famine and the political turbulence of the late 19th century. Of particular interest is McCaffrey's excellent portrait of Charles Stewart Parnell and his policies in the 1870s and '80s, such as his involvement in the Land Leagues, his quest for Home Rule, his affair with Kitty O'Shea and subsequent abandonment by both church and state. McCaffrey also views the role of the Catholic Church in Ireland and comes to some interesting conclusions about orthodoxy and traditional Irish resistance to it. The political ferment of the early 20th century is explored by painting portraits of all the familiar names, from Patrick Pearse to Eamon De Valera and Michael Collins. The modern troubles in the North are examined and the Celtic Tiger is praised (somehow without mentioning its father, 1960s' prime minister Sean Lemass). A breezy, somewhat superficial work, this will best appeal to the Irish history neophyte. (Oct. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"McCaffrey has succeeded in compiling a history of Ireland which is completely accessible without losing credibility."
The hero stories engage, the scene-setting shines as both scholarly and readable, and the character descriptions run deep....Magnificent collection.
There've been plenty of books on Irish history but none quite so vivid and accessible as In Search of Ireland's Heroes ... [which stands] solidly both as a companion volume and as an innovative history by itself.
There've been plenty of books on Irish history but none quite so vivid and accessible asIn Search of Ireland's Heroes... [which stands] solidly both as a companion volume and as an innovative history by itself.
Written with verve and passion... In Search of Ireland's Heroes is a welcome challenge to conservative interpretations of Ireland's history.
Written with verve and passion...In Search of Ireland's Heroes is a welcome challenge to conservative interpretations of Ireland's history.
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Summaries
Long Description
A history of Ireland from the twelfth century to the present, following on the author's highly successful In Search of Ancient Ireland. In addition to plumbing the historical record, Ms. McCaffrey discusses the leading Irish families and their social roles, and the great castles and homes that dot the Irish countryside. The history comes alive for the present-day reader. Illustrated.
Main Description
A history of Ireland from the twelfth century to the present, following on the author's highly successful In Search of Ancient Ireland. In addition to plumbing the historical record, McCaffrey discusses the leading Irish families and their social roles, and the great castles and homes that dot the Irish countryside.
Table of Contents
The incomplete conquestp. 3
The recalcitrant colony : FitzGerald power in Irelandp. 32
Princes of Ireland : O'Neill and O'Donnellp. 55
The plantation of Ulster and the erosion of Gaelic Irelandp. 77
Catholic dispossession : the new elitep. 107
Patriots and rebels : Grattan, Tone, and FitzGeraldp. 126
A most distressful country : union and faminep. 145
Struggling for land rights and home rule : Charles Stewart Parnellp. 176
Murmuring name upon name : from literature to armed rebellionp. 201
A terrible beauty : the Irish war of independencep. 231
North and south : the two states of Irelandp. 245
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