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February Newsletter

IHB February Newsletter

Remembering Peasants

It was a great pleasure to launch “Going to My Father’s House” by Professor Patrick Joyce in The Irish History Bookshop back in 2022.

At the time Patrick mentioned that another book was being completed and we are very pleased to now receive copies.

Remembering Peasants. A Personal History of a Vanished World” chronicles a way of life that is vanishing in one of the greatest transformations of our time: the eclipse of the rural world by the urban.

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Patrick Joyce challenges stereotypes surrounding peasants, revealing a rich and intricate culture across Europe from Poland to Ireland. He meticulously narrates traditions, songs, celebrations, and revolts from the 19th century to today.

Incorporating personal stories, including his own Irish family’s, Joyce emphasizes the importance of recognizing and respecting peasant experiences in human history. He contends that, in the face of climate crisis and industrial agriculture, understanding our agrarian roots is crucial. The book serves as an enlightening and timely tribute to a vanishing culture with lasting relevance to our past and future.

Patrick Joyce is Emeritus Professor of History at Manchester University, and one of the leading social historians of his generation. He has long been a radical and influential voice in debates on the politics and future of social and cultural history.

Copies of the book are available for sale here

Featured Books

The bestselling “Bad Bridget” has just been reprinted by Penguin in paperback. The book is a captivating blend of social history and true crime, offering a previously unexplored perspective.

In 19th and early 20th century Ireland, many young Irish women emigrated to North America in search of a better life. The authors Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, creators of the ‘Bad Bridget’ podcast, unveil a hidden world where Irish women outnumbered men in prison. The book explores the astonishing scale of troubles faced by these women through stories that are often tragic and moving.

The spectre of ‘the Disappeared‘, those abducted, secretly executed and their bodies buried in remote locations, has overshadowed the debate around the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland for the last two decades. Yet what most people don’t realise is that ‘forced disappearances’ have been part of violent political conflicts in Ireland for over 200 years. 

This groundbreaking book, the first of its kind, looks at the history of this practice in Ireland and identifies all known victims over the last century, from the North King Street Massacre in 1916 right up to 2003.

Mercier Press books back in print

Mercier Press celebrates 80 years in Irish publishing this year. Over the decades they have published many significant books related to the history of Ireland. Recently they made available selected out of print titles from their back catalogue as print of demand books. This is a great opportunity for you to catch up on old favourites and classic titles. We are stocking some of the most popular history titles and will add to the list in coming months.

We also stock many new and out of print titles from Mercier which can be seen here.

Recently added out of print titles

Our newsletter often focuses on newly published books about Irish History but we regularly add many out of print titles to our online catalogue. Details of some of our recently added out of print titles can be found here.

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