Ireland's History provides an introduction to Irish history that blends a scholarly approach to the subject, based on recent research and current historiographical perspectives, with a clear and accessible writing style. All the major themes in Irish history are covered, from prehistoric times right through to present day, from the emergence of Celtic Christianity after the fall of the Roman Empire, to Ireland and the European Union, secularism and rapprochement with the United Kingdom. By avoiding adopting a purely nationalistic perspective, Kenneth Campbell offers a balanced approach, covering not only social and economic history, but also political, cultural, and religious history, and exploring the interconnections among these various approaches. This text will encourage students to think critically about the past and to examine how a study of Irish history might inform and influence their understanding of history in general.
Kenneth L. Campbell is Professor of History at Monmouth University, USA.
1. Irish History - Introduction and Overview 2. Prehistoric Ireland 3. Celtic Christianity and Early Medieval Ireland 4. The Impact of the Vikings and the Norman Conquest 5. Ireland in the High and Late Middle Ages 6. Ireland and the Reformation 7. Seventeenth-Century Ireland 8. Eighteenth-Century Ireland 9. The Rebellion of 1798 and the Impact of the French Revolution 10. Union, the Famine, and the Rise of Irish Nationalism 11. The Land War, Parnell, and the Rise of Sinn Fein 12. The Easter Uprising and the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922; Ireland between the Wars 13. The Two Irelands in the Post-war Period 14. The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1969-2000 15. The Republic of Ireland and the European Union 1972-2000 16. Conclusion - Ireland in the Twenty-First Century Bibliography Index