Published in 1977 and now reissued with a new introduction, this book serves well as a general, accessible interpretation of modern Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Described by its historian author Oliver MacDonagh (1924-2002) as a ""very small book with very large themes,"" it rapidly reached the status of a classic and remains a thought-provoking survey of Ireland from the Act of Union of 1800, which MacDonagh describes as ""the matrix of modern Irish history,"" until modern times. He describes with broad and perceptive strokes the traumatic experience of Ireland's being assimilated by, and resisting assimilation into, a powerful and alien empire.
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"This is a top-line political history of the old school, and none the worse for it." Irish Democrat March 2004 "all readers should appreciate the total achievement of MacDonagh's ... a gathering of clearly and gracefully presented original and perceptive ideas and observations, the product of much research and deep reflection, compacted into a relatively short space ... should be in the library of all those interested in Irish Studies. It is an ideal complement to standard texts in college and university Irish history courses." Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2004 "a book that deserves its new designation as a classic of Irish history." Irish Studies Review 13 (4) 2005 "University College Dublin Press has now published over thirty 'Classics of Irish History'. These contemporary accounts by well known personalities of historical events and attitudes have an immediacy that conventional histories do not have. Introductions by modern historians provide additional historical background and, with hindsight, objectivity." Books Ireland Nov 2007 "Scholars of nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-American politics should reacquaint themselves with these classics, part of a long running and immensely useful series from University College Dublin Press." Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2008
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1977. Book Condition: Good. Rev. and enl. ed. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71062500
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1977. Book Condition: Very Good. Rev. and enl. ed. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96438958
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1977. Book Condition: Good. Rev. and enl. ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95710768
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good. Inscribed and signed (signed "Oliver") on front endpaper. Just a touch musty otherwise a fine copy in like jacket. Professional bookseller for twenty years. Orders shipped daily in cardboard bookfolds. Bookseller Inventory # 57857