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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (9 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192893238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192893239
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.5 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Roy Foster was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1949 and educated in Ireland and in the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he was a Foundation Scholar in History, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as holding visiting fellowships at St Anthony's College, Oxford, the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and Princeton University. In 1991 he became the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy since 1989. His previous books include Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), The Sub-Prefect ShouldHave Held His Tongue: Selected Essays of Hubert Butler (1990), Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (1993), and W. B. Yeats: The Apprentice Mage Vol.I (1997).


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This is a lovely work, levelled nicely between the academic and the schoolbook history. While lavishly illustrated throughout, it also gives a lot more information than a similar school book. The book is divided into six different sections, each written by well known authors specialising in that particular time frame, Prehistoric and Early Christian, Norman Invasion and Gaelic Recover, Early Modern Ireland, Ascendancy and the Union, Ireland since 1870 and Irish Literature and Irish History. Roy Foster then has edited it all together. Yes, a well done history book giving perfect information for the simply curious and the essay or assignment writer without having to wade through too much academic bumph!!
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The advantage of popular historians is that they just tell you the story, already. Professional academics, like these, tend to write as though you already know the history and their role is more to correct the foolish enormities of their predecessors. This is a decidedly revisionist history of Ireland, trying to get away from what the editor, Professor Roy Foster, calls 'the curiously Anglocentric idea' that Irish history is essentially about the struggle against England (or rather Britain because, contrary to popular belief, Scotland was on the oppressor's side). Yes, that idea is of course an oversimplification; but this book errs so far in the other direction that - with one exception - it hardly mentions the Irish language, and dismisses the Famine in little over a page. It somehow manages to miss the cataclysm that Irish history was between about 1640 and 1940 (and arguably a lot later - although the modern Troubles, bad as they have been, are mild compared to what went before). If your knowledge of it came solely from this book, you might well wonder what all the fuss was about.

They want to convince us that Ireland's experience differs from that of other countries only in degree. Yet no other Western European country has been the victim of such continuous and ferocious attempts to dominate it by a larger neighbour; perhaps only the Baltic states can offer a comparison. The only Western nation (if you want to consider them a nation) that has suffered more in their modern history are the Jews. In Britain people are poo-pooed when they say that, perhaps because Brits find it difficult to believe their country has been responsible for such things, but it's a stone cold fact.
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A really good reference book. I wanted an overview and that is what this book provided me with.

I would very much recommend this book. Though for detail I think I shall have to look to other sources.
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Loved it well written and good value.
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I Did not yet get to read this but I am very pleased with my purchase
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