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  • 95 b/w illus. 11 maps
  • Page extent: 648 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.42 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521197205)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published July 2010

Replaced by 9781107422346

$59.00 (G)

Ireland has rarely been out of the news during the past thirty years. Whether as a war-zone in which Catholic nationalists and Protestant Unionists struggled for supremacy, a case study in conflict resolution or an economy that for a time promised to make the Irish among the wealthiest people on the planet, the two Irelands have truly captured the world's imagination. Yet single-volume histories of Ireland are rare. Here, Thomas Bartlett, one of the country’s leading historians, sets out a fascinating new history that ranges from prehistory to the present. Integrating politics, society and culture, he offers an authoritative historical road map that shows exactly how - and why - Ireland, north and south, arrived at where it is today. This is an indispensable guide to both the legacies of the past for Ireland's present and to the problems confronting north and south in the contemporary world.


1. Early Ireland, AD 431–1169; 2. From lordship to kingdom: Ireland, 1169–1541; 3. The making of Protestant Ireland, 1541–1691; 4. Ireland's long eighteenth century, 1691–1830; 5. From Union to disunion: Ireland, 1830–1914; 6. The making of the two Irelands, 1914–1945; 7. Hubris and nemesis: the two Irelands, 1945–2010.


"Based on wide reading, clearly structured, elegantly expressed, spiced with a sardonic wit, steering a skilful course through the treacherous ideological rapids of Irish historiography, Bartlett’s Ireland deserves to become a classic." J. J. Lee, author of Ireland,1912-1985

‘Vivid and nuanced, personal and scholarly, this audacious survey of the Irish past and present is magisterial in its range, but full of novelistic details, unexpected insights and wry observation. Professor Bartlett has the gift of explanation without simplification." -Declam Kiberd, author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation

'There are other single volume histories which cover the Iron Age through to the present but this accomplished and judicious book is by far the best, and will be read with interest and favour by both scholars and a wider audience. It will naturally take its place alongside the most-distinguished survey-writing on Irish history." -Alvin Jackson, author of Home Rule: An Irish History, 1800-2000

"Bartlett superbly meshes social, political, and military factors to explain why the Irish, from either the north or the south, are the way they are. Both professional historians and general readers will enjoy this fine examination of the rich and varied history of this storied land." -Booklist, Jay Freeman

"this is the best single-volume history of the island." -History Ireland

''Ireland: A History is compulsive reading." -The Australian

"...Bartlett's volume makes a valuable contribution to the field, offering a narrative that lacks neither ambition nor spirited wit. Highly recommended." -Choice

"the strength of this book is that the author is not striving to please any party; rather he is struggling to give a judicious appraisal of what happened over time and to present this in lucid prose with frequent witty interjections. In this, he succeeds magnificently, and I have every confidence that this volume will attract the wide and international readership it deserves within the academy and with the educated public." -H-Albion

" have yet to read a single-volume history that covers the full sweep of Irish heritage as well as Thomas Bartlett’s Ireland: A History." -Ann Pedtke, Historical Novels Review

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