A New History of Ireland: Vol. 1

A New History of Ireland: Vol. 1 : Prehistoric and Early Ireland


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A New History of Ireland is the largest scholarly project in modern Irish history. In 9 volumes, it provides a comprehensive new synthesis of modern scholarship on every aspect of Irish history and prehistory, from the earliest geological and archaeological evidence, through the Middle Ages, down to the present day. Volume I begins by looking at geography and the physical environment. Chapters follow that examine pre-3000, neolithic, bronze-age and iron-age Ireland and Ireland up to 800. Society, laws, church and politics are all analysed separately as are architecture, literature, manuscripts, language, coins and music. The volume is brought up to 1166 with chapters, amongst others, on the Vikings, Ireland and its neighbours, and opposition to the High-Kings. A final chapter moves further on in time, examining Latin learning and literature in Ireland to 1500.

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  • Paperback | 1408 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 55.88mm | 1,655.6g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 maps and 48pp black-and-white plates
  • 0199226652
  • 9780199226658
  • 248,827

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Daibhi O Croinin is Associate Professor of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Review from previous edition this volume will be an essential source book for many years. The essays are distinguished, well written and well documented, and the bibliography is excellent. The Historical Association contains valuable sections on all aspects of the Irish diaspora, as well as on the economy, the arts and music. ... Times Literary Supplement

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