Irish History For Dummies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-12
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Understand the people, disasters, and triumphs that have shaped Ireland. Ireland's story is amazingly dramatic and intense - and today the influence of Irish culture can be felt around the globe. This book helps you find out why, taking you on the rollercoaster journey through the highs and lows of Ireland's past including invasions, battles, executions, religious divide, uprisings and emigration. Irish History For Dummies, 2nd Edition: Guides you through a complete Irish History from the beginning to present day Provides information on major turning points in Irish History Offers a guide to great places to visit in Ireland Features information on what the Irish have given to the rest of the world

Author Biography

Mike Cronin, PhD, is the Academic Director at the Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, Dublin. Mike has taught history to university students for close to 20 years, and he has written five books on Irish history.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Snakes Leave Ireland 9

Chapter 1: No Man Is an Ireland 11

Chapter 2: The First People Arrive 21

Chapter 3: The Early Irish Kings 35

Chapter 4: Snakes Alive! Christianity Comes to Ireland 45

Part II: The Normans Are Coming! The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 63

Chapter 5: The Vikings Arrive First 65

Chapter 6: Irish vs Norman Invaders But Who’s in Charge? 79

Chapter 7: Boy Meets Gael: The Norman-Irish Alliance 93

Part III: The Invading English Kings: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 109

Chapter 8: The Scottish-Irish Rebellion and Its Aftermath 111

Chapter 9: From Richard II to Henry IV: More Turmoil in Ireland 127

Chapter 10: Family Feuds I: The Wars of the Roses 139

Part IV: Religious Wars and Family Feuds: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 155

Chapter 11: Popes Versus Archbishops: The Reformation and Ireland 157

Chapter 12: Religious Roundabouts and Irish Rebellion 169

Chapter 13: James I and the Plantations; Charles I and Chaos 185

Chapter 14: Family Feuds II and III: The English Civil War, then William and James 201

Part V: Catholic and Protestant: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 217

Chapter 15: Going Irish? Grattan’s Parliament and Wolfe Tone’s Rebellion 219

Chapter 16: Going British: The Act of Union 231

Chapter 17: Three Strikes for Irish Independence: O’Connell, Davis, and Mitchel 247

Chapter 18: The Great Hunger and the Land War 263

Chapter 19: The Fight Over Home Rule 283

Part VI: Divided in Two: Life from the 1880s 299

Chapter 20: Balls and Books in Irish: The Cultural Revival 301

Chapter 21: Fighting Against Britain: The Revolution 315

Chapter 22: One Land, Two Systems: Partition 329

Chapter 23: Troubles Begin Again And Maybe Finish 347

Part VII: The Part of Tens 369

Chapter 24: Ten Top Turning Points 371

Chapter 25: Ten Major Documents 375

Chapter 26: Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World 379

Chapter 27: Ten Great Irish Places to Visit 385

Chapter 28: Ten Irish People Who Should Be Better Known 391

Index 397

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