An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 May 2013
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THIS UNIQUE VOLUME has been conceived and written in the true spirit of the great eighteenth-century encyclopaedists. The editors have marshalled a formidable cohort of specialists and talented writers to produce a book characterised by a remarkable range and depth, replete with chapters which are learned and at the same time accessible. Surely, no county in Ireland has ever been provided with such a sumptuously illustrated, comprehensive, enlightening, up-to-date and absorbing survey as this Donegal Atlas. --Jonathan Bardon, author of A History of Ulster, The Plantation of Ulster
THIS IS A LANDMARK BOOK. Beautifully illustrated, accessible and expertly edited, it covers the history, geography, culture and everything else about Donegal from the earliest times to the present day, with a range of references and authority never before attempted. If you only read one book on Donegal, this has to be it. --Tom Devine is Personal Senior Research Professor of History and Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh
THIS COLLECTION OF ESSAYS by more than fifty scholars and cultural figures introduces readers to the unique physical landscape, unfolding historical narrative, and cultural richness of County Donegal, a place previously perhaps more often imagined than known by outsiders. The variety of subjects treated the shaping of the land by the ice age, the flight of the earls, the relationship with the sea, tourism and travel, and local traditions in music, art, architecture, language, and literature, among many others and the range of disciplinary perspectives deployed make this a work of intellectual wonder and fascinating engagement for academic and lay readers alike. Following the appearance from Cork University Press of the Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape and the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, this publication maintains the distinguished research standards and high production values associated with those works but also suggests that scholarship in Irish cultural geography broadly defined is now experiencing an exceptional flowering. By evoking the natural and cultural heritage of County Donegal, and the manner in which its people have been uniquely shaped by landscape and history, this magnificent atlas recasts how a distinct region should be viewed in the context of both historical and contemporary Ireland. --Professor Michael Kenneally Research Chair in Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
About the Author
Jim MacLaughlin is an author and political geographer who has written extensively on a wide range of topics, including the politics of state formation and nation-building, the history of academic disciplines, historical and contemporary emigration, ethnic separatism, racism and, most recently, the history of Ireland's sea fisheries. Sean Beattie is editor of the Donegal Annual, the journal of County Donegal Historical Society, and a graduate of University College Dublin and Ulster University. He has published several books on the history of Donegal and completed his doctorate on the impact of the Congested Districts Board on Donegal. In 2012, NUI Galway conferred an honorary degree on him in recognition of his contribution to historical research.
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Bought this book for my Donegal father-in-law as a gift. He has read it cover to cover and thinks it is an excellent book. Would definitely recommend.Published 3 months ago by LMG