Free read The Story of Ireland õ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB

Free read The Story of Ireland

Free read The Story of Ireland õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ ➮ [Read] ➪ The Story of Ireland By Neil Hegarty ➺ – In this groundbreaking history of Ireland Neil Hegarty presents a fresh perspective on Ireland's past Comprehensive and engaging The Story of Ireland is an eye openinIreland of the past beginning with the first settlement in AD this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world's most dynamic nations Hegarty examines how The Story ePUB #199 world events including Europe's th century religious wars the French and American revolutions and Ireland's policy of neutrality during World War II have shaped the country over the course of its long and. This was a great overview of Irish history that helped me understand what life in Ireland was like when my great grandparents and many others decided to come to America

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In this groundbreaking history of Ireland Neil Hegarty presents a fresh perspective on Ireland's past Comprehensive and engaging The Story of Ireland is an eye opening account of a nation that has long been shaped by forces beyond its coasts The Story of Ireland re examines Irish history challenging the accepted stories and long held myths associated with Ireland Transporting readers to the. Condensed and accessible if somewhat wooden story of Ireland great for expats like me Hegarty shows why Ireland is as Catholic as it is and also does well at chronicling the development of British involvement in Ireland The writing is not particularly absorbing nor is there an abundance of insights but as I say a good overview

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The Story of IrelandFascinating history With an up to date afterword that details the present state of affairs in Ireland this is an essential text for readers who are fascinated by current events politics and historySpanning Irish history from its earliest inhabitants to the country's current financial crisis The Story of Ireland is an epic and brilliant re telling of Ireland's history from a new point of vi. Underpinning any history of Ireland there is always a subtle conceit – that Ireland uniuely amongst nations has been forced to live under the shadow of a powerful neighbour whose influence has shaped her history A simple glance across the European map proves this to be less than uncommon but Ireland is at least unusual in that it has allowed this relationship to dominate her thinking and cast a shadow over her politics Keane and Hegarty in their history try to do something different by looking at Ireland’s relationships on a larger stage but whether by virtue of a limited knowledge of world history or his own biases in this they are only partially successfulSome of Ireland’s history is of course almost mythological To cast Cromwell as anything other than a black hearted villain for example would be like telling an Englishman that King Arthur was French Whilst not willing to overturn this particular orthodoxy – even treating an example of Cromwellian clemency as some kind of lapse – at least in some places the authors are prepared to uestion myths Their handling of the potato famine is particularly even handed in this regardIt is as we reach recent times that this attempt to be balanced seems to falter and the internationalist view becomes patchier During his earlier talk of emigration the authors do mention the manner in which the number of Irish moving to the United States influenced the attitudes of that country to the Anglo Irish relationship – they even go so far as to show how conflict between the USA and Canada was shaped by the migration – but by the time the narrative reaches the 1970s that relationship has been forgotten not so much glossing as totally ignoring the manner in which American funding prolonged the conflict with the IRA whilst stressing the American involvement in attempting subseuently to broker peace The view of the beginning of the Troubles – where the reason for Unionist violence is left unclear whilst it is described as “understandable” that some Nationalists would support the IRA – seems particularly unbalanced And this is a view from someone who with an English perspective feels that Unionist violence is often downplayed at homeHistory of course reuires distance and it may be that recent events are simply too difficult for people who lived through them to view entirely impartially Eually it may be that the authors don’t feel that Irish American relations would be helped or American sales of the book encouraged by suggesting in a post 911 world that US citizens might have been responsible for funding terrorism Ultimately the greatest weakness of the book is that having established its intentions it fails thoroughly to deliver on them Touching on world events does make for a interesting read but it is only a touch For the English a continual fear that Ireland was a back door for invaders often coloured our politics with regard to that nation and the effect of the various European conflicts of the early modern era on the Irish uestion is worthy of thorough examination The policy of partition a seeming novelty in the early twentieth century could also have been examined in depth – particularly since the strife of the later part of the century has its roots in that decision Finally it is striking that in the closing chapters of the book there is an examination of Ireland’s recent financial woes without significant reference to the international angle By the time the book was published the situation in Southern Europe was already acute and some commentators were laying blame at the door of the Euro but the authors appear content to ignore this simply accepting as reality that small nations have little control of their finances in the modern world Whilst this may be reflective of a largely pro EU Irish populace for a historian to use such a weak justification for not examining the facts seems amateur to say the least