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Thread: Can anyone reccomend a good concise Irish history book

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    Default Can anyone reccomend a good concise Irish history book

    I have long nights ahead of me with the winter nights, husband working late until christmas. I would really love to read a good concise history book on Ireland from about 15th century on. Or a series of books. One that I can request from my library. I have been picking different books on various subjects such as fenians, civil war and Ireland during the tudor years. What I find is that you have to go through many badly written books before you get one good one and then through many more bad ones to get to another good one. I get half an hour in the library.

    I know its a fairly broad range but I want something easy to read but interesting and not written like it was for school. And more from a nationalist point of view.

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    There's a book called "Ireland 1912-1985" by JJ Lee. I found it quite useful when I was in college.

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    Roy Foster's "Modern Ireland 1600-1972" is superb. I'd also agree that Joe Lee's book is essential reading.
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    thanks lads, going into library on thursday, you can order a book if they don't have it and they will get it in for you for free. Need the authors aswell so I see you gave me that also. Appreciate it.

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    Ireland Her Own: an outline history of the Irish struggle for independence and freedom

    By T.A. Jackson

    Is the book you are looking for.

    Ireland Her Own

    It is the best concise account of the country's history.
    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

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    Roy Foster's "Modern Ireland 1600-1972" is superb.
    Foster's book has indeed been widely praised, but the OP said she wanted a book with a 'nationalist' slant. I don't think Foster's tome would be in this category!

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    Have you read De Buke, a concise pack of fairy stories and red herrings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillmanhunter1 View Post
    Roy Foster's "Modern Ireland 1600-1972" is superb.
    +1

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    John A Murphy's "Ireland in the twentieth century" gives a very good, consice overview of Irish politics up to 1975.

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