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Ireland Since the Famine (edition 1985)

by F.S.L. Lyons

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Member:JJPCIII
Title:Ireland Since the Famine
Authors:F.S.L. Lyons
Info:Fontana Press (1985), Paperback, 880 pages
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Still deserves its classic status today
  JJPCIII | Dec 21, 2012 |
First read '89, at the time I was used it as a supplementary text book for the leaving certificate history (irish state exams). Its a very coherent read of the history of the period. As with all history books keep in mind they are products of the times that they were written in. This was last revised in the early 70s so is showing its age and doesn't benefit from recent research in the area (releases from the government archives, etc) until I can find a better alternate I'd recommend this to anyone as a starting point. ( )
  award01 | Jun 5, 2009 |
1461 Ireland Since the Famine, by F. S. L. Lyons (read 1 Sep 1977) Except for a few boring chapters this was an absorbing book and told the story of Ireland--so very, very interesting--since 1846 very well. I read The Green Flag: The Turbulent History of the Irish National Movement, by Robert Kee in December of 1972 and was so taken up by its account that I deemed it the best book I read in 1972. But it only went up to 1916. This book is very good on the period from 1916 to 1948. The subject is sheerly fascinating, even if it has no genealogical significance for me. (At the time I read this genealogy was a new and overriding passion of mine.) ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 21, 2009 |
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We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart's grown brutal from the fare;
More substance in our enemies
Than in our love....
W. B. Yeats, 'The Stare's Nest by
My Window', from The Tower, 1928
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For John and Nicolas
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Preface -- No ancient Israelite condemned to making bricks without straw can have been more embarrassed than the modern Irish historian who, in an unwary moment, agrees to write a general history of his country, even for so short and well documented a period as the last hundred and twenty years.
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