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Ireland History of a Nation - New Edition, updated and released autumn 2019
By David Ross
This original and very readable history tells the story of Ireland from prehistoric times to the present day. There are fact boxes in the text that highlight many fascinating aspects of Irish history and a chronology that gives a concise overview of Ireland's major political, cultural and religious trends. This is the third edition of this book, and from reviews and comments we know this book is very popular with students looking for a history book that will help them understand the chronology of events, key figures and help with essays, homework and study. The book contains some black and white photographs to illustrate key times in Ireland's history.
For the greater part of a millennium, while Europe seethed, churned and changed, Ireland did not function as an independent national state. The history of Ireland tends to become the history of England-in-Ireland, and to wrench it away is not easy. But an effort has been made, in writing this book, to always bear in mind that the enduring underlying element - indeed, what gives Ireland a history - is the Irish people. The Irish people have succeeded in maintaining a clear identity for a very long time.
David Ross is a historian and writer.