A History of Ireland by Mike Cronin
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For a small island in the Atlantic, Ireland has had an astonishingly powerful impact on the wider world, both at the height of its independent power in the early middle ages (as a key exporter of Christianity to much of Europe) and at the depth of its colonial subjugation by Britain (as a key exporter of millions of settlers to North America and Australia). This work offers a lucid account of Ireland's history, which should be of value both to the student and to the general reader.
 

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Mike Cronin studied history at the University of Kent and at Oxford, and has taught history to university students for the past fifteen years. He has published widely on the history of Ireland, and also on the history of sport. His books include a history of sport and nationalism in Ireland, a jointly authored history of St Patrick's Day celebrations around the world, and a general history of Ireland. He is currently the Academic Director at Boston College's Centre for Irish Programmes in Dublin, and is researching the history of major public spectacles and festivals in twentieth century Ireland.
 
Published March 1, 2001 by Palgrave MacMillan. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The potato famine brought fairer land laws from the British, and, of course, an Irish diaspora, but Irish discontent boiled over again in the late 19th century, resulting in the advocacy for home rule and, in 1920, the partition of the country through Ulster.

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The authors, both historians (Cronin wrote A History of Ireland), trace the annual March 17 festivities back to the fifth century—when St. Patrick converted the pagan Irish to Christianity—in this dry, lifeless account of the origins and development of the holiday in Ireland, America, Australia, ...

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A research fellow in history at De Montfort University Leicester (U.K.), Cronin offers synopsis with little insight in this overview of Irish history.

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