This book brings together some of today’s most exciting scholars of Irish history to chart the pivotal events in the history of modern Ireland while providing fresh perspectives on topics ranging from colonialism and nationalism to political violence, famine, emigration, and feminism.
The Princeton History of Modern Ireland takes readers from the Tudor conquest in the sixteenth century to the contemporary boom and bust of the Celtic Tiger, exploring key political developments as well as major social and cultural movements. Contributors describe how the experiences of empire and diaspora have determined Ireland’s position in the wider world and analyze them alongside domestic changes ranging from the Irish language to the economy. They trace the literary and intellectual history of Ireland from Jonathan Swift to Seamus Heaney and look at important shifts in ideology and belief, delving into subjects such as religion, gender, and Fenianism.
Presenting the latest cutting-edge scholarship by a new generation of historians of Ireland, The Princeton History of Modern Ireland features narrative chapters on Irish history followed by thematic chapters on key topics. The book highlights the global reach of the Irish experience as well as commonalities shared across Europe, and brings vividly to life an Irish past shaped by conquest, plantation, assimilation, revolution, and partition.
Richard Bourke is professor in the history of political thought at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Princeton). Ian McBride is professor of Irish and British history at King’s College London. His books include Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Isle of Slaves.
"The scholarship is formidable: all the chapters are grounded in the most up-to-date research, all are substantial, the best sparkle with original insights."--Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Irish Times
"Alert to the contingency and complexity of the past, these brisk, original, and highly engaging essays portray Ireland’s historical development as a matter of accident as well as design, the product of conflict and conciliation rather than the predetermined unfolding of a nation’s destiny. The contributors emphasize how Irish history took place within the context of Europe, the British Empire, and the diaspora, thereby accomplishing the important task of liberating their subject from the confines of exceptionalism."--Kevin Kenny, author of The American Irish: A History
"A marvelous collection. The essays are authoritative, comprehensive, and nuanced, but at times also spiky, opinionated, and subversive of established pieties. There is something for everyone here. The book functions as an ideal primer for the uninitiated and for undergraduate students. However, experts will also find the state of the art convincingly mapped out, with many pointers toward new directions and unexplored avenues in Irish historiography."--Colin Kidd, University of St Andrews
"A stunning collection of essays by a new generation of Irish historians, bringing our knowledge right up to date and opening up original and thought-provoking pathways for future research."--Marianne Elliott, author of When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Ireland--Unfinished History
"Frequently sparkling with transcendent brilliance, this history of modern Ireland is an invaluable collection."--J. J. Lee, author of Ireland, 1912–1985
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