From Norman invaders, religious wars--and the struggle for independence--the fascinating, turbulent history of a tortured nation and its gifted people When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silver sea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not only has its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloody Catholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland's great voices--like Joyce and Yeats--are now indelibly part of world literature. In Irish History For Dummies, readers will not only get a bird's-eye view of key historical events (Ten…mehr
From Norman invaders, religious wars--and the struggle for independence--the fascinating, turbulent history of a tortured nation and its gifted people When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silver sea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not only has its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloody Catholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland's great voices--like Joyce and Yeats--are now indelibly part of world literature. In Irish History For Dummies, readers will not only get a bird's-eye view of key historical events (Ten Turning Points) but, also, a detailed, chapter-by-chapter timeline of Irish history beginning with the first Stone Age farmers to the recent rise and fall of the Celtic tiger economy. In the informal, friendly For Dummies style, the book details historic highs like building an Irish Free State in the 1920s--and devastating lows (including the Troubles in the '60s and '70s), as well as key figures (like MP Charles Parnell and President Eamon de Valera) central to the cause of Irish nationalism. The book also details historic artifacts, offbeat places, and little-known facts key to the life of Ireland past and present. * Includes Ten Major Documents--including the Confession of St. Patrick, The Book of Kells, the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and Ulysses * Lists Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World--including Irish coffee, U.S. Presidents, the submarine, shorthand writing, and the hypodermic syringe * Details Ten Great Irish Places to Visit--including Cobh, Irish National Stud and Museum, Giants Causeway, and Derry * Includes an online cheat sheet that gives readers a robust and expanded quick reference guide to relevant dates and historical figures * Includes a Who's Who in Irish History section on dummies.com With a light-hearted touch, this informative guide sheds light on how this ancient land has survived wars, invasions, uprisings, and emigration to forge a unique nation, renowned the world over for its superb literature, music, and indomitable spirit.
Mike Cronin, PhD, is the Academic Director at the Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College, Dublin. Mike has taught history to university students for close to 20 years, and he has written five books on Irish history.
Introduction 1 Part I: The Snakes Leave Ireland 9 Chapter 1: No Man Is an Ireland 11 Chapter 2: The First People Arrive 21 Chapter 3: The Early Irish Kings 35 Chapter 4: Snakes Alive! Christianity Comes to Ireland 45 Part II: The Normans Are Coming! The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 63 Chapter 5: The Vikings Arrive First 65 Chapter 6: Irish vs Norman Invaders But Who's in Charge? 79 Chapter 7: Boy Meets Gael: The Norman-Irish Alliance 93 Part III: The Invading English Kings: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 109 Chapter 8: The Scottish-Irish Rebellion and Its Aftermath 111 Chapter 9: From Richard II to Henry IV: More Turmoil in Ireland 127 Chapter 10: Family Feuds I: The Wars of the Roses 139 Part IV: Religious Wars and Family Feuds: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 155 Chapter 11: Popes Versus Archbishops: The Reformation and Ireland 157 Chapter 12: Religious Roundabouts and Irish Rebellion 169 Chapter 13: James I and the Plantations; Charles I and Chaos 185 Chapter 14: Family Feuds II and III: The English Civil War then William and James 201 Part V: Catholic and Protestant: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 217 Chapter 15: Going Irish? Grattan's Parliament and Wolfe Tone's Rebellion 219 Chapter 16: Going British: The Act of Union 231 Chapter 17: Three Strikes for Irish Independence: O'Connell Davis and Mitchel 247 Chapter 18: The Great Hunger and the Land War 263 Chapter 19: The Fight Over Home Rule 283 Part VI: Divided in Two: Life from the 1880s 299 Chapter 20: Balls and Books in Irish: The Cultural Revival 301 Chapter 21: Fighting Against Britain: The Revolution 315 Chapter 22: One Land Two Systems: Partition 329 Chapter 23: Troubles Begin Again And Maybe Finish 347 Part VII: The Part of Tens 369 Chapter 24: Ten Top Turning Points 371 Chapter 25: Ten Major Documents 375 Chapter 26: Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World 379 Chapter 27: Ten Great Irish Places to Visit 385 Chapter 28: Ten Irish People Who Should Be Better Known 391 Index 397
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