The Course of Irish History

First published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 2000s and subsequent worldwide recession, this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Irish history as a whole Designed and written to be popular and authoritative, critical and balanced, it has been a core text in both Irish and American universities for decadeFirst published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 2000s and subsequent worldwide recession, this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Irish history as a whole Designed and written to be popular and authoritative, critical and balanced, it has been a core text in both Irish and American universities for decades It has also proven to be an extremely popular book for casual readers with an interest in history and Irish affairs Considered the definitive history among the Irish themselves, it is an essential text for anyone interested in the history of Ireland.
The Course of Irish History First published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the s and subsequent worldwide recession this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Iris

  • Title: The Course of Irish History
  • Author: Theodore William Moody F.X. Martin Dermot Keogh
  • ISBN: 9781570984495
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Course of Irish History”

    1. A comprehensive text covering the history of Ireland from the B.C. years all the way up to the Good Friday Agreement and the state of affairs on the island of Ireland in 2001. Unlike many other texts written in the same era (1960s), none of the contributing authors exhibit an anti-Anglo bias in their writing, with the exception of the 12th century, when England did misidentify the Irish as pagans and seek to make them submit to Christianity and feudalism. Significant portions of the book are dev [...]

    2. Don't be deceived by the 2001 date listed here, this is actually an older volume of essays, reissued with a new cover. Find the old softcover, it will be cheaper. Not every essay is equally good or interesting, but overall this is an excellent intro to Irish history from the earliest record on.

    3. I have only read two chapters but so far so good. I really wanted a school type history book so I can remind myself of things I should remember from school.

    4. This book is a good start if you want a general overview of Irish history before delving deeper into specific topics. Any book that covers 2000ish years of history in about 400 pages is going to be simply an overview. The downside for a non Irish reader is that it is written for an Irish audience, so they take for granted that you know certain things and people (as another reviewer mentioned a glossary for the non Irish might be helpful in the next edition). The early history is a good basis but [...]

    5. A very good book if you want a broad view of Irish history, not so much if you want details on events. It's written like a textbook, very formal and devoid of opinion. I was especially upset on how it glossed over huge events in modern Irish history like the Potato famine, the Easter Rebellion, and the eventual Treaty that gave Ireland independence. I would recommend reading a Modern History that goes from 1500 onwards and gives more detail on big events

    6. Chapter 1 A Geographer's ViewSurprisingly for one who is a professor of geology rather than history Andrews, after his initial summary of the general geographic conditions of Ireland, proceeds to discuss a number of political and religious factors. Although he does focus on the relationship of these factors to the map, his essay seems more a description of which the palette of human history has arranged on the canvass of the island than of the topography or geology of the land itself. This is su [...]

    7. The social and economic factors that have shaped the course of Irish history are comprehensively discussed alongside the contributions of people, Irish and otherwise, in this introduction to a people and a place.Daniel O'Connell, Brian Boru, the Celts, Henry VIII, Charles Parnell, The Great Famine, Christianity, Reformation, Plantation. These are but some of the forces to have shaped Irish history over the course of thousands of years - anyone interested in learning about these and other contrib [...]

    8. As most histories go, the focus is on the political and economical developments over the years and this book does not disappoint; though it should be noted that this history is very readable and approachable to the lay person, as each chapter is written by a different, authoritative author (ie Irish history professors who need work). The only problem I had was feeling a little lost in the latter fourth of the book and not having it clarified in a simple statement until a couple of chapters later [...]

    9. A slow read. I imagine if you are a student of (Irish) history this book is a 'must-have' for the book shelf, but I am reading it merely as an interested observer. I bought it on a trip to Ireland many years ago, and tried to read it once before. I gave up, as I could not remember well enough the vast amount of detail, and facts that the book contains. I have now decided to give it another go, and for whatever reason, this time I am finding it easier to get through. It is sequential, clear and V [...]

    10. Too many battles (first 3/4) and too many elections (last 1/4). I learned a lot, and some bits were fascinating (the pre-English Celtic stuff, the Northern Ireland Peace Process), but on the whole my preference is for more social history and lesselections and battles.Also, this is a book written for Ireland, which is great, but there are a lot of Irish words in a few of the chapters. And given that the only Irish word I know is "omaudhan" (it means idiot, and I don't think that's even how you sp [...]

    11. A good but slightly flawed read: This book represented something completely new when published in 1966. It was a companion to a 21-part TV documentary series, produced by Irish historians for the Irish. With that in mind, the individual essays with their references to unfamiliar place names as well as some words in the Irish language, are a bit difficult for the general American reader, even one with a background in history. The book would also benefit from a couple of good maps, though I suspec [...]

    12. Textbooks are dry and boring. It's some kind of unspoken rule. While in college, I was assigned this book as part of a political science course on Ireland. It is one of the few "textbooks" I actually read the entirety of (instead of the just the assigned chapters) and kept after graduating. This reads like the work of Alison Weir, or other well know popular historians who have found a mainstream audience with accessible and succinct writing styles. "The Course of Irish History" is well-written, [...]

    13. I recently did one of those ancestry DNA test. When the results came back I was surprised to learn that I was 60% Irish. This led me to begin a further investigation into my ancestry and I also wanted to read more about Ireland. I knew very little but didn't want to tackle a full blown history text. So when i chose 'the Course of Irish History'' I was expecting it to be concise. I was not disappointed and it was fun to read about a land that I had no idea I was descended from. I recommend the bo [...]

    14. A good general survey for beginners, the book is a series of articles by various experts on the ages and eras of Irish history. Since it was written to accompany an Irish-produced TV series, the book assumes the readers are Irish and have a good familiarity with the local language, geography and customs. A good general map would have been helpful as well. Still, all in all, an excellent and thorough introduction to the subject.

    15. This book is an excellent narrative survey of Irish history from prehistoric times until after the Good Friday accords of 1998. It's an edited book - different chapters are written by different historians. Concise, interesting, and informative. If you are looking for a single book which is both authoritative and easy to ready, and which will make you familiar with the key events of Irish history this is your book.

    16. The problem with the average history book, for me, is that it tends to focus more on dates and events and not so much on the people. This book did alright with outlining some of the major personalities, but the descriptions were sketchy at best. I mean, it was also covering the whole scope of Irish history in less than 400 pages, so I can't exactly blame it for being condensed.

    17. I found the chapters on Early Irish History more interesting, also, because of the individual contributions and writing styles the flow of the book was somewhat lacking, but then what did I expect from a Collection of essays?

    18. I first read this series of essays over 30 years ago and still recommend it to anyone wanting to understand Ireland. Not perfect by any means but packed full of historical information from ancient times to near present.

    19. I read this for my "Modern History of Ireland" class. Each chapter, for a specific time period, was written by a different scholar. Some were better than others. My professor covered the same material and expanded on it. Some chapter were a little skippy. The Great Famine was hardly mentioned.

    20. A good concise history of Ireland.The book is a series of radio transcripts that were recorded in 1966 - 50 years after the Easter Rising.Therefore very readable to the general reader.Some information (from my 1966 copy) needs updating - eg Book of Kells written in Iona, not Babbio.

    21. Is easier to read than a textbook yet gives a good overview of Irish history. Especially good to read before traveling to Ireland.

    22. Great introductory reader on Irish History. It is by no means comprehensive, but it will skip you through the last 1000 years or so to catch you up to speed with what is going on now, and why.

    23. Incredibly boring. I couldn't even make it through this. It's good for referencing specific events in Irish history, but it's almost impossible to read all the way through.

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