A Concise History of Ireland by Máire & Conor Cruise O’Brien hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Thames & Hudson, 1991, Paperback.
A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: There is a tragic inevitability about Irish history which this book brings out with clarity, impartiality and compassion. From the first Protestant settlements in Elizabethan times to the barricades of the Bogside it has been, for the most part, a story of hatred answering hatred, as Lady Gregory wrote, death answering to death through the generations like clerks at the mass. In Yeats striking phrase, four bells are heard, four deep, tragic notes in Irish history. The first was the Catholic revolt in Elizabeths reign, which ended with the Protestant settlement of Ulster. The second was the battle of the Boyne, when William of Orange defeated Catholic James II and put the seal on the Protestant Ascendancy. The third toll of the bell was the impact of the French Revolution on Ireland, and the fourth the fall from power of Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Land League, when a disillusioned and embittered Ireland turned from parliamentary politics, and the chain of events started which led to partition, the solution that solved nothing. In this revised edition of a book which has been widely read and praised, the authors survey Irish history to the present day and finish by looking forward to the end of the century.
Very Good. Previous owners’ inscription to the reverse of the upper wrapper.
192 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9″ x 6¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my History Ireland category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…