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A Short History

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

From the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island to the St Andrews Agreement and decommissioning of IRA weapons, this uniquely concise account of Ireland and its people reveals how differing interpretations of history, ancient and modern, have influenced modern Irish society. Combining factual information with a critical approach, Coohill covers all the key events, including the Great Famine, Home Rule, and the Good Friday Agreement.

Updated with two new chapters expanding the discussion of pre-modern Ireland, as well as developments in the 21st century, this highly accessible and balanced account will continue to provide a valuable resource to all those wishing to acquaint themselves further with the complex identity of the Irish people.

Joseph Coohill is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He specialises in the history of 19th century Britain and Ireland.

‘Hands-down the best textbook on the market.’

– Patrick McDevitt – Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo

'Fair to both the Nationalist and Unionist tradition.'

– Jeremy Black, University of Exeter

'A brisk and clear introduction to Irish history.'

– Cormac O’Grada, University College Dublin

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