From Norman invaders, religious wars--and the struggle for
independence--the fascinating, turbulent history of a tortured
nation and its gifted people
When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silver
sea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not only
has its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloody
Catholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland's
great voices--like Joyce and Yeats--are now indelibly part of world
literature. In "Irish History For Dummies, " readers will not only
get a bird's-eye view of key historical events (Ten Turning Points)
but, also, a detailed, chapter-by-chapter timeline of Irish history
beginning with the first Stone Age farmers to the recent rise and
fall of the Celtic tiger economy.
In the informal, friendly "For Dummies" style, the book details
historic highs like building an Irish Free State in the 1920s--and
devastating lows (including the Troubles in the '60s and '70s), as
well as key figures (like MP Charles Parnell and President Eamon de
Valera) central to the cause of Irish nationalism. The book also
details historic artifacts, offbeat places, and little-known facts
key to the life of Ireland past and present.Includes Ten Major
Documents--including the Confession of St. Patrick, The Book of
Kells, the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and "Ulysses"Lists
Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World--including Irish coffee,
U.S. Presidents, the submarine, shorthand writing, and the
hypodermic syringeDetails Ten Great Irish Places to
Visit--including Cobh, Irish National Stud and Museum, Giants
Causeway, and DerryIncludes an online cheat sheet that gives
readers a robust and expanded quick reference guide to relevant
dates and historical figuresIncludes a Who's Who in Irish History
section on dummies.com
With a light-hearted touch, this informative guide sheds light
on how this ancient land has survived wars, invasions, uprisings,
and emigration to forge a unique nation, renowned the world over
for its superb literature, music, and indomitable spirit.
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