The essential guide for students, tourists, and the general reader.
This third edition of Joseph Coohill’s bestselling book has been fully updated to include the St Andrews Agreement and the decommissioning of IRA weapons. Starting with the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island, the book takes us right up to the present day, covering the Great Famine, Home Rule, the Good Friday Agreement, and beyond.
Clear and lucid, Coohill’s writing paints an engaging picture of a people for whom history is a key part of present-day reality. Reviewing differing historical interpretations, Coohill allows the reader to come to their own conclusions. Highly accessible, yet demonstrating a sophisticated level of analysis, this book will continue to provide a valuable resource to tourists, students and all those wishing to acquaint themselves further with the complex identity of the Irish people.
Jeremy Black, University of Exeter - "Fair to both the Nationalist and Unionist tradition."Cormac O'Grada, Professor of History, University College Dublin - "A brisk and clear introduction to Irish history"