Jonathan Bardon

A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

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Originally commissioned as a series of over two hundred short radio programmes, the texts have now been re-edited to provide a sweeping single narrative of Irish history from the end of the ice age to the peace settlement in Northern Ireland. Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions, battles, development of towns and cities, the Reformation, the Georgian era, the Famine, rebellions and resistance, the difference of Ulster, partition, the twentieth century. What makes his book so valuable, however, are the quirky subjects he chooses to illustrate how history really works: the great winter freeze of 1740 and the famine that followed; crime and duelling; an emigrant voyage; evictions. These episodes get behind the historical headlines to give a glimpse of past realities that might otherwise be lost to view. The author has retained the original episodic structure of the radio programmes. The result is a marvellous mosaic of the Irish past, delivered with clarity and narrative skill.

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Format

Soft cover

Writer

Jonathan Bardon

Publisher

Gill & Macmillan

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780717146499

Language

English