Luck and the Irish
A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000
By (author) R. F. Foster
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Luck and the Irish by R. F. Foster
Book DescriptionR.F. Foster's "Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000" examines how the country has weathered thirty years of rapid transformation, and what these changes may mean in the long run. From 1970, things were changing in Ireland - the Celtic Tiger had finally woken, and the rules for everything from gender roles and religion to international relations were being entirely rewritten. By the end of the twentieth century, Ireland had become a global brand, and the almost completely unexpected wave of prosperity had brought with it upheavals in economics, sexual mores and culture, as well as a shift in North-South attitudes. Roy Foster also looks at how characters as diverse as Gerry Adams, Mary Robinson, Charles Haughey and Bob Geldof have contributed to Ireland's altered psyche, and uncovers some of the scandals, corruption and marketing masterminds that have transformed Ireland - and its luck. "Examines our society with fierce intelligence and insight". (Colm Toibin, "Irish Times" Books of the Year). "Occasionally angry, sometimes whimsical and frequently hilarious...Appeals both to those who know nothing and those who think they know everything". (Conor Gearty, "Financial Times"). "The brilliance of the writing places him as a historian in a league of his own...A balanced work offering his own distinctive, original and elegant insights". (Diarmaid Ferriter, "Times Literary Supplement"). R. F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. His books include "Modern Ireland: 1600-1972", "The Irish Story" and "W. B. Yeats: A Life".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141017655
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. F. Foster
Vivid Faces, Paperback (May 2015)
Surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. This title deals with argumentative, exciting, subversive and original lives of people who made a revolution, as well as the disillusionment in which it ended.
Words Alone, Paperback (December 2012)
Yeats is usually seen as a great modernist innovator. This book goes against the grain to explore the Irish literary traditions that preceded and influenced him-romantic 'national tales' in post-Union Ireland, the poetry and polemic of the Young Ireland movement, the occult novels of Sheridan LeFanu, and William Carleton's 'peasant fictions'.
Charles Stewart Parnell, Paperback (October 2010)
Charles Stewart Parnell has traditionally been studied from the political angle. This book places him in the social context of 19th century Irish gentry, and studies him in relation to his remarkable family.
W. B. Yeats: A Life II, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by R. F. Foster
A biography of W B Yeats, it covers the second half of Yeats' life, taking in his controversial political involvements, continued supernatural experiments, his extraordinary marriage, a series of love affairs, and the writing of his greatest poetry. It also weaves together his life and work.
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Author Biography - R. F. Foster
R. F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. His books include Modern Ireland, 1600-1972, The Irish Story and W. B. Yeats: A Life.
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