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 Princeton History of Modern Ireland constitutes a landmark in the interpretation of Irish history by a lavishly talented new generation of historians. . . . It has to be accounted a vital contribution to Irish self-examination at a key moment in the country’s history."--Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement
"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
"History at its best. . . . The Princeton History of Modern Ireland is an important, well-written and highly enjoyable contribution to making historical sense of Irish history."--Arthur Aughey, Irish Political Studies
"This superb collection of essays is presented explicitly as a state-of the-art report on historical scholarship by the current, successor, generation of Irish historians."--James Smyth, History Ireland
"[An] excellent collection of essays. . . . Anyone with an interest in researching, teaching, or simply gaining a fuller understanding of modern Ireland should start by consulting this invaluable resource."--Choice
"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
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