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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717146499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717146499
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Bardon was born and educated in Dublin, but has spent most of his life as a teacher and lecturer in Belfast. He is, therefore well acquainted with both parts of Ireland. He has an outstanding reputation as a narrative historian of rare ability.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Norbert Bannon on 12 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bardon's History of Ireland covers the ground in a different way than any other book addressing the same subject. It is based on episodes (250 of them) and uses material gleaned from painstaking and detailed research, much of it from very local sources. It is highly granular in its approach and the flow of "quotations" provides an understanding and flavor of the people and events of the time. This work struck me as moving from two dimensional history to the perspective given by three dimensions. The characters jump off the page.
The structure of the book - 250 chapters - comes from the fact that it was originally conceived as as BBC Radio series broadcasted daily for a full year. As a result each chapter is standalone which has the benefit that one can pick up this book and read any chapter (less than a 1000 words) in 10 to 15 minutes without having to have read what went before. It is a great book for dipping into.
This is a serious history book and sets a new standard in the way history should be written with its ease of accessibility. This is both a reference book and a bedside table companion. This is factual storytelling at its best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 30 Sep 2011
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This is a fantastic book, it should be required reading for everyone with any interest in Ireland. It's written in small sections that you can dip into, but not in the slightest dumbed down history, or a just repetition of what you've heard before. I'm learning a lot from it and it's leading me on to want to read in more depth about areas I am unfamiliar with, and I've got a PhD in Irish history. But equally every school child in Ireland could learn a lot from it too, it's very readable. I'm sorry I didn't hear the radio broadcasts it is based on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Mar 2011
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This is an excellent book that makes a very political history seem both interesting and personal. The episodes are written in language that transports you to the event. The quality was excellent and well worth the price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moll on 17 Jan 2011
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i got this as a present for my mum, and she is really enjoying reading it, it is broken up into 250 small chapters. and is very easy to read, either from cover to cover or just to dip in and out of, as and when your looking for information about a certain historic event
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Williams on 21 July 2009
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This is the first history book I have ever read cover to cover. It makes history accessible to anyone. It is small chunks, so you can read a bit at a time, it has opened up a knowledge of Irish history for me. Although I lived through the time of the Irish troubles during the 1960's and onward, the news at the time never explained why. Now I feel I have a better understanding of the current attitudes in Northen Ireland, and an understanding of why my great grandmother left in 1854.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Ballard on 5 Dec 2009
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This book is a must have for anyone with an interest in Irish history. It's easy going style, just 2 or 3 pages per chapter means you can read it from cover to cover or just dip in where ever you fancy (I did both). Bardon certainly knows his subject well and writes in a style that will appeal to all ages. I thoroughly reccommend this book.A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Flann on 6 Sep 2012
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It must be borne in mind that these "episodes" were originally written for broadcast.
The episodes are short and self-contained and allow "dipping" into events as you please.
The style makes it easy reading.
I did however feel some annoyance at some sloppy editing and proof reading - numerous typos
and at least one shocking contradiction...e.g. from the end of one episode to the start of the next:

Episode 111 The Battle of the Boyne (Hardly an insignificant episode in this history!) the last paragraph begins "The Battle of the Boyne was not a rout; the Irish and French retired in good order...."

Episode 112: (Begins) "Following his rout at the Boyne on 1 July 1690, King James II dashed straight for Dublin..." so I have to ask was this a rout or not a rout!! Bardon then quotes James II describing a rout!! "the Irish 'basely fled the field and left the spoil to the enemies..' "

Does this call in to question the reliability of the rest of the volume? You decide. You pay your money and you take your chance....!!
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By john mc on 21 Jun 2014
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250 bites make a full meal, every bite is full of interesting facts and you'll learn soooo much, worth every penny, buy it now
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