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A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717144534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717144532
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,933,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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This is a wonderful book covering a vast amount of time and providing loads of information. The origin of the book as a 250 programme series of 5 minute talks on BBC Northern Ireland makes each chapter brief and to the point and easily read. My only reservation about it is that Mr Bardon seems to have a leaning towards "the native Irish" whoever they may have been - the Hiberni I presume -though he does indicate that the Celts probably came from Central Europe, ancient migrants indeed. Also, at the end he seems to indicate that the trouble in Ulster is religious conflict. This reinforces the frequent media mistake of describing it in the terms of Catholic versus Protestant, when it has equally been about two different political viewpoints, as well as about land. Anyone reading this book will be greatly enriched by the experience and undoubtedly will be better informed.
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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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good brief encounter of the history of Ireland, without trying to remember all those names. I think you need to know what the history was in Britten at the same time, this gives you who was who at the time history was in the making. Read then, of all the famine that was in the (History of Ireland )
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Jonathan Bardon displays a real grasp of his material; plus a writing style which is clear and concise, with exactly the right amount of detail. The decision to preserve the 250 radio episode format was a wise one. The individual episodes stand up well as short essays, so you can open the book at random and be sure to find a worthwhile ten-minute read. But if you read them in sequence they make a first class continuous narrative history.

Publishers' blurbs often claim that books will suit both the student and the general reader. Well, this is one of the few cases in which that claim is fully justified. Bardon's work is factually sound (so far as I can judge), beautifully written, and positively enjoyable to read. Thank you, Jonathan !
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