The Princeton History of Modern Ireland

An accessible and innovative look at Irish history by some of today's most exciting historians of Ireland


Jan 12, 2016
7 x 10 in.
3 tables.
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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected by RTÉ Radio 1 as a 2016 Irish Booksellers’ Recommended Title
  • One of The Irish Times “Our Favourite Books of 2016”
  • One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016
  • Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in Single Volume Reference/Humanities and Social Sciences, Association of American Publishers