Ireland A Short History

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Clear and lucid, Coohill's writing paints an engaging picture of a people for whom history is a key part of present-day reality. Starting with the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island, the book takes us right up to the present day, covering the Great Famine, Home Rule, the Good Friday Agreement, and beyond.

Author Biography

Joseph Coohill is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He specialises in the history of 19th century Britain and Ireland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Pronunciation guide for Irish wordsp. xiii
Mapp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Ireland Before 1800p. 7
Geographyp. 7
Prehistoric Irelandp. 8
Early Irish societyp. 9
Early Christian Irelandp. 10
The age of the Vikingsp. 12
Norman Ireland (1169-1300)p. 14
Thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Irelandp. 16
Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Ireland (1400-1534)p. 17
The Tudor conquestp. 19
Stuart Ireland (1603-60)p. 20
Ireland during the Restoration and the Jacobite War (1660-91)p. 24
Ireland under the Penal Laws (1691-1778)p. 26
Ireland 1775-1800p. 28
Interpretationsp. 34
O'Connell, Religion and Politics, 1800-48p. 39
O'Connell and Catholic emancipationp. 40
The Catholic Association and the Catholic Rentp. 41
Political pressure and the granting of emancipationp. 44
Repealp. 46
Young Irelandp. 49
Economy, society and religionp. 51
Interpretationsp. 56
The Famine, 1845-52p. 59
Preconditionsp. 60
The blightp. 62
The coming of faminep. 64
The soupp. 66
Hunger, disease and emigrationp. 67
The extension of the Poor Lawp. 68
New relief policiesp. 70
Effectsp. 71
Interpretationsp. 74
Fenianism and the Land, 1848-81p. 79
The three Fs and the Tenant Leaguep. 81
Fenianismp. 83
The land problem resurfacesp. 85
The Land League and the Land Warp. 88
Religionp. 90
Interprtations - Fenianismp. 91
Interpretations - Land Warp. 93
Home Rule, 1870-93p. 97
Isaac Butt and the origins of Home Rulep. 98
The rise of Parnellp. 100
Parnell's fallp. 103
Conservative and unionist opposition to Home Rulep. 105
Interpretationsp. 106
Nationalism, Unionism and Irish Identity, 1891-1922p. 112
Land reforms continuep. 112
Rural and urban lifep. 114
Gaelic revivalp. 115
Nationalism and unionism, 1891-1914p. 119
War in Europe and war in Ireland, 1914-22p. 124
Interpretationsp. 130
Interpretations - the Easter Risingp. 131
Interpretations - partitionp. 135
Interpretations - nationalism and unionismp. 137
The Making of Two Irelands, 1922-66p. 142
The Irish Free State, 1922-32p. 143
Northern Ireland, 1922-32p. 147
The Free State and Eire, 1932-49p. 149
Northern Ireland, 1932-66p. 155
The Republic of Ireland, 1949-66p. 159
Interpretationsp. 163
Troubles and Triumphs, 1966-Presentp. 168
The Republic of Ireland, 1966-82p. 168
Northern Ireland and the Troubles, 1966-92p. 172
Ireland since 1982p. 179
The peace processp. 180
Social and political life in the Republicp. 182
The Good Friday Agreement and beyondp. 185
Interpretationsp. 195
Conclusion: Themes in Irish Historyp. 206
Bibliography and Further Readingp. 213
Indexp. 229
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