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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 268mm x 24mm | 998g
- Publication date: 25 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847246729
- ISBN 13: 9781847246721
- Illustrations note: 50 black and white illustrations
- Sales rank: 475,604
Great Irish Documents presents the most momentous and stirring documents in the history of Ireland. From St Patrick's confession, via the harrowing reports of the Famine Relief Commission, the dramatic Proclamation of the Republic and the controversial 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty, to the road to peace and the Good Friday agreement, here is a unique overview of over 1500 years of Irish history. The transcript of each document is preceded by an introduction, written by Professor Richard Aldous, that places the text in its historical context and explains its significance, as well as by iconic images of the documents and their creators. Presented chronologically, this anthology provides a remarkable insight into the story of Ireland.
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Dr Richard Aldous is the head of the School of History and Archives at University College, Dublin. He comments regularly on international affairs on Radio 4 and 5, Prime Time, Questions and Answers and contributes to the Irish Times. His published works include The Lion and the Unicorn, Tunes of Glory, Harold MacMillan and the Irish Christmas no. 1 Great Irish Speeches.
"A superbly written chronicle that explains much about these men and the political development of nineteenth-century Britain." --"Booklist" on "The Lion and the Unicorn"
Table of contents
St Patrick's Confession (c.5-6th C.) Boundary commission report (1925) Brehon Laws on Women (6-9th C.) External relations Act (1936) Laudabiliter (Papal Bull, 1155) Constitution of Ireland (1937) Hugh O'Neill's war aims (1599) The Cranborne report on Irish neutrality (1945) Plantation of Ulster (August 28, 1610) Republic of Ireland Act (1948) Cromwell: report to parliament on siege of Drogheda (1649) Mother and child scheme (1950) A Jacobite narrative of the war in Ireland (Plunkett, 1711) Programme for economic expansion (1958) Foundation of the Society of United Irishmen (1791) The Just society (1964) Foundation of the Orange Order (1795) Special Powers Act (1971) Act of Union (1801) EU Accession treaty (1973) Catholic Emancipation Act (1829) Sunningdale agreement (1973) Famine Relief Commission, distress report (1845-7) Bobby Sands' diary (1981) Irish Church Disestablishment Act (1869) Margaret Thatcher conference speech following Brighton bombing (1984) Foundation of GAA (1884) First Home Rule Bill (1886) Anglo-Irish agreement (1985) Foundation of Gaelic League (1893) Divorce referendum (1995) Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant (1912) Good Friday agreement (1998) Battle of the Somme War diary 2nd battalion Royal Irish Regiment (1916) Health Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace (2003) Message to the Free Nations (1919) Statement on powersharing by Sinn Fein and DUP (2007) Democratic programme (1919) Anglo-Irish treaty (1921)