Irish Freedom: A History of Nationalism in Ireland

Irish Freedom A History of Nationalism in Ireland Richard English s brilliant new book is a compelling narrative history of Irish nationalism in which events are not merely recounted but analysed Full of rich detail drawn from years of original res

  • Title: Irish Freedom: A History of Nationalism in Ireland
  • Author: Richard English
  • ISBN: 9781405041898
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Richard English s brilliant new book is a compelling narrative history of Irish nationalism, in which events are not merely recounted but analysed Full of rich detail, drawn from years of original research and also from the extensive specialist literature on the subject, it offers explanations of why Irish nationalists have believed and acted as they have, why their ideasRichard English s brilliant new book is a compelling narrative history of Irish nationalism, in which events are not merely recounted but analysed Full of rich detail, drawn from years of original research and also from the extensive specialist literature on the subject, it offers explanations of why Irish nationalists have believed and acted as they have, why their ideas and strategies have changed over time, and what effect Irish nationalism has had in shaping modern Ireland It takes us from the Ulster Plantation to Home Rule, from the Famine of 1847 to the Hunger Strikes of the 1970s, from Parnell to Pearse, from Wolfe Tone to Gerry Adams, from the bitter struggle of the Civil War to the uneasy peace of the early twenty first century Is it imaginable that Ireland might as some have suggested be about to enter a post nationalist period Or will Irish nationalism remain a defining force on the island in future years

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    1. I read this book during and immediately after a vacation to Ireland, hoping to gain insight on nationalism in Irish history, as it is seems to be such a critical contextual element in understanding the country and its people. While I learned a bit about the topic from this book, overall I came away disappointed. A more accurate subtitle would have been "An Academic Study of Nationalism Using Irish Examples." I found the writing tedious, repetitious, and unnecessarily abstruse; and the book presu [...]

    2. English's knowledge is vast, his intellect is superb, and his research prowess is prodigious and even enviable. Why, then, 3 stars and not more for this valuable book? Two reasons. 1) Sometimes (not always just sometimes) the arm of revisionism reaches too far. One example: English writes, "So, as with most of the great leaders of nationalist Ireland (Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon de Valera and John Hume among them), O'Connell's career was centred for the most part on democratic and non-violen [...]

    3. First of all, what this book isn't: a history of Ireland. As the subtitle makes clear it is a history of nationalism is Ireland and one should have read at least an undergraduate level text on Irish history before this book. English defines nationalism and shows how it has evolved in the particular political and economic atmosphere of Ireland. He is by no means a fan of the "Nationalists" (as opposed to the Unionists) and thinks that partition was necessary and inevitable. English is very widely [...]

    4. I gave up history as a subject in school and always felt that there were huge gaps in my knowledge of Irish history. A huge "thank you" to Richard English for helping me to fill in those gaps. A very comprehensive book that asks a lot of "what if"? Questions of the reader -and that isn't a bad thing. Essential reading for anyone with more than just a passing interest in the subject

    5. This book looks really daunting, but it's written in flowing, accessible prose that is not at all laboured. Unlike many factual books, this account is enjoyable.

    6. I'm reading this for two reasons. One is as research for my new W.I.P; the other is because I've forgotten most of what I was thought in school.

    7. A book about the phenomenon of nationalism as it has manifested itself in Ireland, this is, perhaps, the best there is on the subject.

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