Irish History For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - History - 432 pages
A rip-roaring ride through the history of the Emerald Isle

Ireland’s story is an amazingly dramatic and intense one– and today the influence of Irish culture can be felt aroundthe globe. This book helps you find out why, taking you on arollercoaster journey through the highs and lows of Ireland’spast including invasions, battles, executions, religious divide,uprisings, emigration – and Riverdance!

Mike Cronin is a lecturer at the Centre for Irish Programmes,Boston College, Dublin. He has written 5 books on Irishhistory.


  • When and how Ireland became Celtic
  • Ireland and Britain’s complex relationship
  • The evolution of Irish culture
  • How Irish emigration has affected the world
  • Northern Ireland’s rocky road to peace

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Ghastly mash up of anecdotal history, April 28, 2010 By Amy E. Henry (Nipomo, CA United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Irish History For Dummies (Paperback) This was a subtext used ... Read full review


Saints and Kings Irelands Early Years
The First People Arriye
The Early Irish Kings
The Normans Are Coming The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
The Invading English Kings The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
Rejecting the Hunchback
Religious Wars and Family Feuds The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Catholic and Protestant The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
The Fight over Home Rule
Divided in Two Life from the 1880s
The Pm of Tens

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Mike Cronin studied history at the University of Kent and at Oxford, and has taught history to university students for the past fifteen years. He has published widely on the history of Ireland, and also on the history of sport. His books include a history of sport and nationalism in Ireland, a jointly authored history of St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world, and a general history of Ireland. He is currently the Academic Director at Boston College’s Centre for Irish Programmes in Dublin, and is researching the history of major public spectacles and festivals in twentieth century Ireland.

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