Understand Irish History is a comprehensive guide to a fascinating history. You will explore Irish reformation and restoration, culture, religion and society as well as more recent conflicts and their impact. Taking you from ancient Ireland to the present day, it will give you an understanding of the background to events that have dominated the headlines in recent years. NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding.THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Finbar Madden is an experienced teacher and CCEA examiner and is currently Head of Government and Politics at St Columb's College, Derry.
Chapter 1 Ireland before 1500: a land of saints and scholars Chapter 2 Reformation and rebellion Chapter 3 From restoration to revolution Chapter 4 Nationalism and Unionism Chapter 5 Culture, society and politics Chapter 6 Making the break Chapter 7 The freedom to achieve freedom? Chapter 8 A Protestant parliament and a Protestant state Chapter 9 Breaking the links: the Irish Free State, 1922-39 Chapter 10 Ireland and the Second World War Chapter 11 Ireland in the post-war years Chapter 12 Transforming the face of Ulster? The 1960s Chapter 13 Countdown to chaos: 'the Troubles' begin Chapter 14 The search for a solution: 1974-85 Chapter 15 The beginning of the end: 1985-97 Chapter 16 The Good Friday Agreement and its aftermath Chapter 17 The Republic of Ireland since the 1960s Abbreviations Glossary Taking it further Index