The Concise History of Modern Ireland

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Pub. Date: 2006-11-15
Publisher(s): Gill & Macmillan
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The main legacy of the French revolution was nationalism, the demand for separate nation states independent of multi-national and multi-lingual empires. Irish nationalism was no exception. Its first early manifestation was the 1798 Rebellion, but the actual form that nationalism took in the course of the nineteenth century relied less on abstract principle than on a demand for Catholic rights. This proved difficult in the context of the pan-Protestant United Kingdom. The Famine of the 1840s represented the great breach with old ways. The death and emigration of two million of Ireland's poorest was a human tragedy on a vast scale, but it prepared the way for a modern agricultural and trading system as well as increasing bitterness against the British government. In the meantime, Ulster was transformed by the industrial revolution, growing ever more prosperous and remote from the agrarian south. The eventual result was the separation of the mainly Catholic south from the United Kingdom and the establishment of an independent Ireland, but one partitioned from the mainly Protestant north, which remained in the United Kingdom. Richard Killeen's Concise History of Modern Ireland makes complicated history simple, but not dumbed down.

Table of Contents

A world destroyed : ancient regime Ireland and the French Revolution 1780-97p. 10
Uneasy union : the 1798 rising and the Act of Union 1798-1820p. 22
King of the beggars : Daniel O'Connell and the birth of nationalism 1820-30p. 36
Before the famine : pre-famine Ireland 1830-45p. 48
The great hunger : the great hunger 1845-52p. 66
After the famine : land, Fenians and the Industrial Revolution in Ulster 1852-68p. 82
Uncrowned king : Parnell and the new nationalism 1869-91p. 100
Long gestation : the cultural revival 1891-1912p. 118
The Irish Revolution : rebellion, partition and Civil War 1912-23p. 132
Two states : one island, two states 1923-60p. 150
Ireland since the 1960s : troubles, booms and busts 1960-2005p. 170
Continuities and disjunctions : the collision of history and mythp. 198
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