The Story of Ireland

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.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781250002891
Branch Call Number: 941.5 HEG
Characteristics: 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm

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Jul 10, 2012

The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People. --- by Neil Hegarty. Such a small country, such a lot of history. This book takes you to the (almost) absolute beginning of the isle’s history up to the (almost) absolute present. Well written, gripping in parts (ok, perhaps those parts where Hegarty delves into the politics (and there IS a lot of politics). But there’s also a lot of conflict (a whole lot of conflict): more so than a small patch of green such as this should have to bear: this is the story of the colonization and the subsequent decolonizing of the first and closest of England’s imperial colonies. A scholarly book that is none the less easy to read, this book features a chronology of the major events in the country’s history; extensive footnotes and an equally extensive bibliography.

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