For a small island in the Atlantic, Ireland has had an astonishingly powerful impact on the wider world, both at the height of its independent power in the early middle ages (as a key exporter of Christianity to much of Europe) and at the depth of its colonial subjugation by Britain (as a key exporter of millions of settlers to North America and Australia). This work offers a lucid account of Ireland's history, which should be of value both to the student and to the general reader.
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A short history of Ireland from the 12th century to the present..There is no real common denominator in Ireland's history, Cronin (History/De Montfort Univ.) points out: events always move Ireland toward unity and disunity at the same time. The country is always being overrun by the British, and largely because of them there are two Irelands - one a republic and one a part of Britain, but both of them Irish and, in a lesser way, British. Cronin traces Catholicism in Ireland from its introduction by St. Patrick, pointing out that the Irish Church was essentially a loose confederation of monasteries existing in tandem with the rule of Irish Lords. The Church grew in strength as Ireland struggled to become a united nation, ironically inspired to unity by the invasions from England. Ireland was always an unruly province. Outright rebellion in the late 18th century brought the Act of Union, dissolving the Irish parliament and allowing the Irish seats in the British Parliament, but in the long run only fostering discontent. The potato famine brought fairer land laws from the British, and, of course, an Irish diaspora, but Irish discontent boiled over again in the late 19th century, resulting in the advocacy for home rule and, in 1920, the partition of the country through Ulster. Finally, Cronin discusses the present-day Catholic country of the Republic of Ireland and the strange entity of Northern Ireland, where the actions of Bill Clinton and George Mitchell were an important component of the uneasy peace..A clear, readable survey that strikes exactly the right tone of accessible scholarship. . (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mike Cronin
MIKE CRONIN is Senior Research Fellow in History at De Montfort University, Leicester.