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A Short History of Ireland Paperback – 11 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107401941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107401945
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Authoritative … highly readable.' Irish Times

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Updated new edition of this classic account of the Irish national struggle and its advance into the modern world. From the earliest times in Irish history to the peace process, the author casts light on the people and events which have contributed to present-day Irish society, both North and South.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Jones on 10 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Wow! What a history! Ranelagh manages to bring to life the personalities and events that have shaped Ireland right up to the present, including the successful Peace Process in Northern Ireland and the collapse of the Irish financial sector and its aftermath. There are fascinating pen portraits of key individuals - I was particularly taken by his description of Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, as a man who "demonstrated an unusual ability to handle pathological people." This is a short history, and it concentrates on the modern period. But the history of Iron Age people, the Celts and the Brehons, of the early English invaders, Cromwell and the Penal times is given in satisfactorily. Altogether a remarkable feat of compression and elucidation, and thoroughly well-written and pacey. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Three Stars 12 Oct. 2014
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It is useful but it has 4 sections which are not clear regarding time
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