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Ireland's history has involved successive wave of immigration: Celts, Vikings, Normans, Elizabethan-English adventurers, Anglo-Scots settlers, Cromwellians, Huguenots, Palatines and others. In this lucid and fascinating introduction to the island's story, Richard Killeen separates the history from the myths. Ranging from Ireland's pre-Gaelic origins to the present day, it emphasizes the island's uniqeness as well as its close ties to English and European culture. The tangled and often violent relationship between Ireland and the English crown is a key part of the story, as are nationalism, religious allegiances and the island's internal conflicts.
Killeen locates Ireland in a European and Atlantic world and explores the nation's remarkable contribution internationally: through its literature, its diaspora, its music and its genius for popular politics.
13 cm x 20 cm 332 page softcover.