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Irish History


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The Course of Irish History

Roberts Rinehart Publishers
Released: 2012-09-16
Paperback (544 pages)

The Course of Irish History
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First published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the “Celtic Tiger” economic boom of the 2000s and subsequent worldwide recession, this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Irish history as a whole. Designed and written to be popular and authoritative, critical and balanced, it has been a core text in both Irish and American universities for decades. It has also proven to be an extremely popular book for casual readers with an interest in history and Irish affairs. Considered the definitive history among the Irish themselves, it is an essential text for anyone interested in the history of Ireland.

Story We Carry in Our Bones, The: Irish History for Americans

By Juilene Osborne-McKnight

Pelican Publishing
Released: 2015-10-26
Hardcover (272 pages)

Story We Carry in Our Bones, The: Irish History for Americans
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The ancient legends and ancestral legacy of the Emerald Isle.

“We will know them in the deep genetic river of our ancestry, Irish at the marrow, carrying the story in our bones, in our very bones.“

—from Part 4

From 3800 B.C. to the twentieth century, this comprehensive history examines the course of Irish-Americans. Celtic legends, the evolution of Christianity, the coming of the Vikings, and the time of the Tudors are just some of the topics covered in these pages. Juilene Osborne-McKnight addresses the events leading up the An Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger, which initiated the Irish immigration to America. She then follows the Irish as they travel to the new country and establish themselves as Irish-Americans. Whimsical yet complex Celtic drawings and an annotated bibliography of recommended books and movies accent each part. The four sections are entitled “Knock Wood and Light the Pumpkin,” “Keeping Faith at the Cross Road,” “No One Leaves Your Table Hungry,” and “Irish Roots and Rising Irish.”

The Cambridge History of Ireland 4 Volume Hardback Set

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2018-05-25
Hardcover (2800 pages)

The Cambridge History of Ireland 4 Volume Hardback Set
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This authoritative, accessible and engaging four-volume history vividly presents the Irish story - or stories - from c.600 to the present, within its broader Atlantic, European, imperial and global contexts. While the volumes benefit from a strong political narrative framework, they are distinctive also in including essays that address the full range of social, economic, religious, linguistic, military, cultural, artistic and gender history, and in challenging traditional chronological boundaries in a manner that offers new perspectives and insights. Each volume examines Ireland's development within a distinct period, and offers a complete and rounded picture of Irish life, while remaining sensitive to the unique Irish experience. Bringing together an international team of experts, this landmark history both reflects recent developments in the field and sets the agenda for future study.

The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People

By Neil Hegarty

St Martins Press-3pl
Released: 2012-03-13
Paperback (400 pages)

The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People
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In this groundbreaking history of Ireland, Neil Hegarty presents a fresh perspective on Ireland's past. Comprehensive and engaging, The Story of Ireland is an eye-opening account of a nation that has long been shaped by forces beyond its coasts.

The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in A.D. 433, this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world's most dynamic nations. Hegarty examines how world events, including Europe's 16th century religious wars, the French and American revolutions, and Ireland's policy of neutrality during World War II, have shaped the country over the course of its long and fascinating history. With an up-to-date afterword that details the present state of affairs in Ireland, this is an essential text for readers who are fascinated by current events, politics, and history.

Spanning Irish history from its earliest inhabitants to the country's current financial crisis, The Story of Ireland is an epic and brilliant re-telling of Ireland's history from a new point of view.

Ireland: The True and Surprising Stories of Irish History

By Patrick Auerbach

Released: 2017-04-04
Kindle Edition (69 pages)

Ireland: The True and Surprising Stories of Irish History
 
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Ireland has a very rich and intense history, and the more that you know about it, the more you are going to fall in love with the emerald isle.

The purpose of this book is to give you some knowledge that you may not have regarding Ireland and its history. You may, of course, know of some of the events that happened in Ireland, but you may not know all of the history that is behind those events. Not only that, but you may have some misinformation about the history of Ireland and here is where it is going to be straightened out!

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The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland (History & Fun Facts)

By Bill O'Neill

Independently published
Paperback (176 pages)

The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland (History & Fun Facts)
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How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more!

In The Great Book of Ireland, you’ll learn:

  • How did Ireland get its name?
  • Why is it known as the Emerald Isle?
  • Who was St. Patrick really?
  • What do leprechauns and shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?
  • Which Irish company had a 9,000-year lease?
  • What is Ireland’s top attraction?
  • Which movies have been filmed in Ireland?
  • Which famous novel may have been based on an Irish myth?
  • Which legends did the Irish believe in?
And so much more!

This book is packed with trivia facts about Ireland. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are shocking, some are tragic, and others will leave you with goosebumps. But they’re all interesting!

Whether you’re just learning about Ireland or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’ll learn something you didn’t know in every chapter. Your history teacher will be interesting at all of your newfound knowledge.

So what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Ireland!


A Brief History of Ireland (Brief History (Running Press))

By Richard Killeen

Running Press Adult
Paperback (448 pages)

A Brief History of Ireland (Brief History (Running Press))
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The perfect introduction to the Irish story-a story wrapped in mythology and legend.

Since its very origins, Ireland has become the home for a successive series of invaders-the Celts, Christians, Vikings, and Normans. And despite deprivation, desperation, and suppression, Ireland has developed an unwavering sense of purpose and place.

In this lucid and fascinating introduction to the island's story, Richard Killeen separates the history from the myths. Ranging from Ireland's pre-Gaelic origins to the present day, it emphasizes the island's uniqueness as well as it close ties to English and European culture. The tangled and often violent relationship between Ireland and the English crown is a key part of the story, as are nationalism, religious allegiances, and the island's internal conflicts.

Killeen locates Ireland in a European and Atlantic world and explores the nation's remarkable contribution internationally: through its literature, its diaspora, and its genius for popular politics.

Ireland: A Short History (Short Histories)

By Joseph Coohill

imusti
Paperback (264 pages)

Ireland: A Short History (Short Histories)
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From the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island to the St Andrews Agreement and decommissioning of IRA weapons, this uniquely concise account of Ireland and its people reveals how differing interpretations of history, ancient and modern, have influenced modern Irish society. Combining factual information with a critical approach, Coohill covers all the key events, including the Great Famine, Home Rule, and the Good Friday Agreement.

Updated with two new chapters expanding the discussion of pre-modern Ireland, as well as developments in the 21st century, this highly accessible and balanced account will continue to provide a valuable resource to all those wishing to acquaint themselves further with the complex identity of the Irish people.

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)

By Thomas Cahill

Anchor
Released: 1996-02-01
Grey Paperback (246 pages)

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The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.

Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars" -- and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.

In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost -- they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, And Tradition Of The Emerald Isle

By Ryan Hackney

Adams Media
Released: 2006-12-14
Paperback (256 pages)

101 Things You Didn t Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, And Tradition Of The Emerald Isle
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Discover the truth behind the myths of the Emerald Isle

Forget about shamrocks, leprechans, and all that blarney; 101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History dispels the myths and tells the true story of the Irish.

Inside, you'll learn about:
  • Lives of the ancient Celts before the British invasions
  • Famous Irish including Michael Collins, Charles Parnell—and Bono!
  • The potato famine and emigration (were there really gangs of New York?)
  • Irish music and dance
Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, 101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History is an informative reference for anyone who loves the Irish.



 
 
 

 
 
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