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Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction [#085]
Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction [#085]
  • A brief overview of the central themes in Irish history, politics, and culture over the last 200 years
  • Challenging new angles and under-researched areas are broached, such as women's history and the lives of the Catholic middle class
  • Senia Paseta comes to the subject as an historian with a refreshingly impartial (and sometimes acerbic) perspective on Irish history
  • Ideal introduction for newcomer to subject, but original treatment makes it also essential reading for those already familiar with aspects of Irish history


This is a book about the Irish Question, or more specifically about Irish Questions. The term has become something of a catch-all, a convenient way to encompass numerous issues and developments which pertain to the political, social, and economic history of modern Ireland.The Irish Question has of course changed: one of the main aims of this book is to explore the complicated and shifting nature of the Irish Question and to assess what it has meant to various political minds and agendas. 

No other issue brought down as many nineteenth-century governments and no comparable twentieth-century dilemma has matched its ability to frustrate the attempts of British cabinets to find a solution; this inability to find a lasting answer to the Irish Question is especially striking when seen in the context of the massive shifts in British foreign policy brought about by two world wars, decolonization, and the cold war. 

Senia Paseta charts the changing nature of the Irish Question over the last 200 years, within an international political and social historical context. 


Introduction: The Irish Question in Context
1: The Act of Union
2: The Catholic Question
3: The Land Question
4: The National Question
5: The New Nationalism
6: The Irish Revolution
7: The National Questions
8: New Acts of Union

About the author: 

Dr Senia Paseta is Tutorial Fellow in Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes, including the J. G. Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence from the Australian National University.

Product details

ISBN : 9780192801678

Senia Paseta
184 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Mar 2003
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Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction [#085]

Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction [#085]

Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction [#085]