Contemporary Ireland

ISBN-10: 023051670X

ISBN-13: 9780230516700

Edition: 2011

Authors: Eoin O'Malley

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List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

List of Illustrations, Maps, Figures, Tables and Boxes
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
"What is Ireland?
Why study Ireland?
The British influence
Recent changes in Ireland
Causes and consequences
The Historical Context
Introduction: early Ireland
Ireland's Golden Age and the Viking wars
The Norman conquests and Gaelic recovery
The Tudor conquests
Protestant ascendancy
Union with Britain and the rise of nationalism
Revolt, independence and partition
Major events of the twentieth century in Ireland
Land and Peoples
Geography
The environment
The peoples of Ireland
The Changing Society
Social class: a homogeneous society?
The welfare state and health policy
Changing families in Ireland: breaking traditions
Education in Ireland
Crime and punishment in Ireland
Government and Policy Making
The constitutional make-up
The presidency
The Houses of the Oireachtas
The Taoiseach and cabinet
The bureaucracy
'Agencification' in Ireland
The judiciary and justice system
Politics and Civil Society
Political culture
Elections
Parties and the party system
Interest groups
The media
The Economy
The structure of the Irish economy
The Euro
The Celtic Tiger and its causes
Why did it fail? Can it be revived?
Culture and Lifestyle
The arts
The Irish language and Irish English
Sports
The Irish pub and Irish drinking
Religion in Ireland and the decline of the Catholic Church
Unrestrained consumerism?
Ireland and the World
Emigration
Ireland, Northern Ireland and the world
Ireland's neutrality
The impact of the European Union
Conclusion
Recommended Reading
Online Resources
Bibliography
Index
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