The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland

The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland

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This presentation of Irish history offers an account written by a team of scholars, and illustrated throughout. It takes us from the very earliest prehistoric communities and first Christian settlements, through centuries of turbulent change to the present day. The story is one of paradox and ambiguity, as well as of unifying overall themes. Patterns of settlement and colonization, religious confrontation, and the emergence of new political patterns are among the issues discussed. The question of Irish identity, and the meaning of "colonialism" in the very Irish sense, raise important questions about the use of language. A special feature of the book is a chapter devoted to the language and literature which preserve, in their way, a record of Irish history. The conflicts, settlements, discontinuities and unities of Irish history are illustrated with reference to landscape, artefacts, architecture and an enormous variety of contemporary visual evidence.show more

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  • Paperback | 407 pages
  • 187.96 x 241.3 x 22.86mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192852450
  • 9780192852458

About R.F. Foster

About the Editor R. F. Foster Reader in History at Birkbeck College, the University of London. He is the author of a number of books including Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life, and the forthcoming authorized biography of W.B. Yeats.show more

Table of contents

Editor's foreword; List of colour plates; List of maps; Donnchadh 'O Corr 'ain: Prehistoric and early Christian Ireland; Katharine Simms: The Norman invasion and the Gaelic recovery; Nicholas Canny: Early modern Ireland, c. 1500-1700; R.F. Foster: Ascendancy and union; David Fitzpatrick: Ireland since 1870; Declan Kiberd: Irish literature and Irish history; further reading.show more

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