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An Irish History of Civilization [2 volume set]
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"In his Irish History of Civilization, Don Akenson, the world's leading scholar of the Irish diaspora, fuses history and fiction into a remarkable narrative of a people and their influence around the globe. It is a story with many beginnings and no end, a vast chronicle of civilization through Irish eyes, in which Akenson takes us from St. Patrick to Woody Guthrie, from Constantine to John F. Kennedy, and from India to the Australian outback. In two volumes of masterful storytelling, he creates ironic, playful and acerbic historical miniatures; a kaleidoscopic series of reconstructions interwoven so that the same historical figures reappear in radically different contexts as their stories intersect with the larger picture"--P.  of v. 1 jacket.Volume I looks at Irish civilization from its semitic roots in early Christianity to St Patrick to early Irish conquests in Europe and several New Worlds, and from the eighteenth-century penal laws to the emergence of Irish Catholics as energetic imperializers within the First and Second British Empires.Volume II begins with the Great Famine and goes on to show the Irish adapting, improvising and innovating in Ireland and overseas: in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia and South Africa. The book ends by demonstrating the centrality of both Catholic and Protestant Irish culture to the United States.
An edition of this book was published by McGill-Queen's University Press.
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