Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions battles development of towns and cities the Reformation the Georgian era the Famine rebellions and resistance the difference of Ulster partition the twentieth century.
Encompassing stories of some of Ireland's best known characters as well as key moments in Ireland's past this pocket history recalls the country's struggles through dark times its successes its people and places.
From the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island to the St Andrews Agreement and decommissioning of IRA weapons this uniquely concise account of Ireland and its people reveals how differing interpretations of history ancient and modern have influenced modern Irish society.
Kinsale Ireland: Christmas Eve 1601</em></strong><br/> <br/> As thunder crashes and lightning rakes the sky three very different commanders line up for a battle that will decide the fate of a nation.
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