Ireland A Concise History

ISBN-10: 0500273790
ISBN-13: 9780500273791
Edition: 3rd (Revised)
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Description: There is a tragic inevitability about Irish history which this book brings out with clarity, impartiality and compassion. From the first Protestant settlements in Elizabethan times to the barricades of the Bogside it has been, for the most part, a  More...

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List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

There is a tragic inevitability about Irish history which this book brings out with clarity, impartiality and compassion. From the first Protestant settlements in Elizabethan times to the barricades of the Bogside it has been, for the most part, a story of 'hatred answering hatred,' as Lady Gregory wrote, 'death answering death through the generations like clerks at the mass.' In Yeats' striking phrase, four bells are heard, 'four deep, tragic notes in Irish history.' - the Catholic revolt in Elizabeth's reign - the battle of the Boyne - the impact of the French Revolution on Ireland - the fall from power of Charles Stuart Parnell, when the chain of events started which led to partition. In this revised edition of a book which has been widely read and praised, bring Irish history to the end of the twentieth century. Dr and Mrs Conor Cruise O'Brien were uniquely qualified to write of their country's history. Maire O'Brien is the daughter of Sean Mac Entee, veteran of the Rising of 1916 and deputy prime minister in successive de Valera governments, Her husband, after a distinguished career in the Irish foreign service and Irish politics, was Editor-in-chief of The Observer from 1978 to 1981. His many books include Parnell and his Party, Conor Cruise O'Brien Introduces Ireland and an acclaimed study of Edmund Burke, The Great Melody. Conor Cruise O'Brien died in 2008.

Writer and diplomat Conor Cruise O'Brien was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 3, 1917. He studied history at Trinity College and found a job in the civil service. While working as a civil servant, he wrote two books Maria Cross (1952) and Parnell and His Party (1957). As a diplomat, he focused on creating an independent position for Ireland in the United Nations and played a critical role in the United Nations intervention in Congo in 1961. In 1969, he won a seat in Ireland's Parliament. He also was editor in chief of The Observer and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and The Irish Independent. He wrote numerous books throughout his lifetime including To Katanga and Back, The Great Melody, Memoir: My Life and Themes, and The Long Affair. He died on December 18, 2008 at the age of 91.

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