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A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

Jonathan Bardon

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Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions, battles, development of towns and cities, the Reformation, the Georgian era, the Famine, rebellions and resistance, the difference of Ulster, partition, the twentieth century.

What makes his book so valuable, however, are the quirky subjects he chooses to illustrate how history really works:

  • the great winter freeze of 1740 and the famine that followed;
  • crime and duelling;
  • an emigrant voyage;
  • evictions.

These episodes get behind the historical headlines to give a glimpse of past realities that might otherwise be lost to view. The author has retained the original episodic structure of the radio programmes. The result is a marvellous mosaic of the Irish past, delivered with clarity and narrative skill.

Jonathan Bardon was born and educated in Dublin, but has spent most of his life as a teacher and lecturer in Belfast. He is, therefore well acquainted with both parts of Ireland. He has an outstanding reputation as a narrative historian of rare ability.

Additional Information

Author Jonathan Bardon
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 30 Sep 2009
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780717146499

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