Ireland in the 20th Century

Ireland in the 20th Century

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By (author) Tim Pat Coogan

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Tim Pat Coogan's biographies of Michael Collins and DeValera and his studies of the IRA, the Troubles and the Irish Diaspora have transformed our understanding of contemporary Ireland, and all have been massive bestsellers. Now he has produced a major history of Ireland in the twentieth century. Covering both South and North and dealing with cultural and social history as well as political, this enthralling work will become the definitive single-volume account of the making of modern Ireland

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  • Hardback | 880 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 58mm | 1,301.82g
  • 06 Nov 2003
  • Cornerstone
  • Hutchinson
  • London
  • 16
  • 0091794277
  • 9780091794279
  • 1,609,187

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Tim Pat Coogan, former editor of the Irish Press, is well known on both sides of the Atlnatic for his journalism and especially for his books, which include Wherever Green is Worn, The Troubles, Michael Collins and De Valera.

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"Well written, very readable and presented in a direct, judgmental style peppered with fine anecdotes A tour de force" Ireland on Sunday "Articulate, eloquent, romantic and wonderfully self-deprecating The book oozes what Yeats once called "an indomitable Irishry"." Scotland on Sunday "The book's vast subject is handled smoothly, while imbued throughout with the author's own distinctive viewpoint." Irish Times "A journey into our own psyche... Tim Pat Coogan has dug, Heaney-like, into the past while opening doors to faraway places" -- Frank McCourt "It is the result of great energy, imagination and painstaking detective work... It is a big book on a big topic. Don't just read it. Buy it and reread it" Irish Times

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This is an exhaustive account of the social and political complexities that shaped Ireland in the last century. From the early struggles for Home Rule, through the Easter 1916 uprisings, civil war, independence and partition, to the slow inexorable rise of the 'troubles' and the shadow that they have cast on both the North and South.. All of the familiar names are here; Connolly, De Valera, Collins, Paisley, Sands, Adams, Trimble, but for once not as news items, but placed in a wider historical context, so it is possible to see the extent of the problems, how they developed and became intricately rooted in Irish society. Here the power struggle between the Catholics and Protestants at the heart of the matter takes on a significance beyond religious differences, and becomes a struggle between haves and have-nots, each one believing that their survival rested on being able to dominate the other. A comprehensive source book for anyone interested in the story of Ireland in its most turbulent century. (Kirkus UK)

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