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The Course of Irish History by T. W. Moody

The Course of Irish History (edition 2001)

by T. W. Moody (Editor), F. X. Martin, Dermot Keogh

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Title:The Course of Irish History
Authors:T. W. Moody
Other authors:F. X. Martin, Dermot Keogh
Info:Roberts Rinehart (2001), Edition: Fourth Edition, Paperback, 544 pages
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This is one of the preeminent sources for Irish history; an earlier edition of the work was the main textbook for my graduate Irish history course. Balanced and nonsectarian. This is the product of several historians writing about their areas of expertise, representing the cream of Irish historical scholarship. ( )
  cao9415 | Dec 20, 2014 |
As most histories go, the focus is on the political and economical developments over the years and this book does not disappoint; though it should be noted that this history is very readable and approachable to the lay person, as each chapter is written by a different, authoritative author (i.e. Irish history professors who need work). The only problem I had was feeling a little lost in the latter fourth of the book and not having it clarified in a simple statement until a couple of chapters later. Also, it would have been better if the editors had switched the position of chapters 20 & 21, as the way chapter 20 (Northern Ireland 1921-66) was written (and given my lack of understanding of what was going on in that area at that time), I wasn't sure where the 'bigger picture' allegiances were.

All in all, I would recommend the book for someone looking for a comprehensive and readable history of Ireland.
  VeritysVeranda | Sep 29, 2013 |
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An excellent overview of the history of Ireland. Each chapter was written by a different author, giving many different perspectives on the history of the country. Provides an excellent starting point for gaps of knowledge in history as much could be considered basic. It all depends on what you know about the history of the country. We don't learn a lot about Ireland over here in the States unless we learn it on our own or take elective classes in college. My focus had always been on very early Ireland. I really had no idea exactly how confusing the situation with Northern Ireland was after partition. Granted, it really never should have been done, but for those who ended up being moved there, a united Ireland would have put Protestants in a country that lived under Catholic laws in terms of things like divorce and abortion--something I never really thought about and as an American I find the idea of abhorrent. I just always assumed Ireland should be one country, a black and white issue. So this book really opened my eyes. ( )
  PirateJenny | Jan 14, 2013 |
Having no background in Irish history this book filled this gap in my education. A good balance of detail and perspective without falling into emotionalism. ( )
  rsummer | Dec 7, 2012 |
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I enjoyed this book very much. The fact that each chapter is written by a different expert makes it enjoyable to read. I also enjoyed seeing the entire chronology of Irish History in the back of the book. ( )
  Tmyers526 | Nov 14, 2012 |
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To the memory of Theo Moody (1907-1984) and Frank X. Martin (1922-2000) in appreciation of their lifetime of work as historians and their pioneering contribution to the academic broadcasting of their subject on television
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The death occurred of Professor Frank X. Martin between the publication of the revised edition of The Course of Irish History in 1994 and the appearance of the 2001 edition.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0853427100, Paperback)

Much Irish history is written as a matter of heroes and leaders, of great personalities and sweeping events. T. W. Moody and F. X. Martin's collection of essays by leading historians offers all those things, but it takes the land itself as its starting point. Ireland, they write, has always been poor because of its ungiving soil; always isolated because of its ring of imposing mountains and steep hills--but always open to invasion from the east across the calm, narrow Irish Sea, because of which, they write, "our present-day laws and institutions have their origins in England." While taking a long view of events, they manage to compress thousands of years of history into this fact-filled, highly readable book.

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BRITISH & IRISH HISTORY. First published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 2000s and subsequent worldwide recession, this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Irish history as a whole. Designed and written to be popular and authoritative, critical and balanced, it has been a core text in both Irish and American universities for decades. It has also proven to be an extremely popular book for casual readers with an interest in history and Irish affairs. Considered the definitive history among the Irish themselves, it is an essential text for anyone interested in the history of Ireland.… (more)

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