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Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000
by R. F. Foster
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0195179528, Hardcover)Amazon Best of the Month, March 2008: Over the past three decades, Ireland has metamorphosed from a troubled-but-winsome bastion of the Old World to a thriving economic power known as the "Celtic Tiger." With the second highest per capita income in the EU, the Republic has come a long way from the days of its political argument that the Irish economy featured a potentially desirous "less costly standard of living." Luck and the Irish chronicles this Irish revival as historian R.F. Foster explains how a perfect storm of change produced present-day Ireland. Led by progressive thought, political transformations, and even a rock band from Dublin, the Irish broke through their own oppressive chains and took "the wearing o' the green" to a global level. While such success is due in part to good fortune--it is Ireland, after all--Foster paints an engaging portrait of a nation that is just now learning to stand on its own legs in today's international scene. --Dave Callanan
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"From about 1970, Irish history moved into a fast-forward phase. Roy Foster's new book looks at the roots of the changes that came with an almost completely unexpected wave of prosperity. With sympathy, astringency and humour, he examines the upheavals in economics, North-South attitudes, international relations, demography, gender roles, sexual mores, culture and religion which accompanied the boom, as well as the significance of such emblematic characters as Mary Robinson, Bob Geldof and Charles Haughey." "Luck and the Irish also looks at corruption, scandal, New Age Celticism, popular culture and the occasional retreat into reactionary attitudes that followed the liberalization, enrichment and marketing of the New Ireland, and what these transformations mean for Irish history in the long run."--BOOK JACKET.
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