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The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment

The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment

Edited by Eugenio Biagini and Daniel Mulhall

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High-profile contributors re-write the seminal 1960s collection, originally published by Conor Cruise O’Brien, offering unparalleled understanding of prominent figures in Irish history and politics from 1890s to 1916 and beyond. Contains stunning re-appraisals of monumental figures, including Collins, de Valera, Pearse and Connolly, through the lens of modern research.

Originally published in 1960 and edited by Conor Cruise O’Brien, The Shaping of Modern Ireland was a seminal work surveying the lives of prominent early twentieth-century figures who influenced Irish affairs in the years between the death of Charles Stewart Parnell in 1891 and the Easter Rising of 1916.

The chapters were written by leading historians and commentators from the Ireland of the 1950s, some of whom personally knew the subjects of their essays. This volume draws its inspiration from that seminal work. Written by some of today’s leading figures from the world of Irish history, politics, journalism and the arts, it revisits a crucial phase in the country’s history, one that culminated in the Easter Rising and the Revolution, when everything ‘changed utterly’.

With chapters on men and women of the stature of Carson, Connolly and Markievicz, but also industrialists such as Guinness who contributed to ‘shaping modern Ireland’ in the social and economic sphere, this book offers an important contribution to the renewal of the debate on the country’s history.

Table of Contents

  • Preface – Eugenio Biagini and Daniel Mulhall
  • Chapter 1 – 1891-1916 ~ Paul Bew
  • Chapter 2 – Stephens, Devoy and Clarke ~ R.V.Comerford
  • Chapter 3 – Redmond, Dillon and Healy ~ Frank Callanan
  • Chapter 4 – Douglas Hyde ~ Patrick Maume
  • Chapter 5 – Arthur Griffith ~ Michael Laffan
  • Chapter 6 – Michael Cusack and the rise of the GAA ~ Stephen Collins
  • Chapter 7 – Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera ~ Martin Mansergh
  • Chapter 8 – Edward Carson ~ Eugenio Biagini
  • Chapter 9 – Archbishop William Joseph Walsh ~ Daithí Ó Corráin
  • Chapter 10 – George Russell, D.P. Moran and Tom Kettle ~ Daniel Mulhall
  • Chapter 11 – Maud Gonne MacBride, Dr. Kathleen Lynn and Dorothy Macardle ~ Elisabeth Kehoe
  • Chapter 12 – W.B.Yeats ~ Theo Dorgan
  • Chapter 13 – Pirrie and Plunkett ~ Mary E. Daly
  • Chapter 14 – Countess Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth ~ Sonja Tiernan
  • Chapter 15 – Patrick Pearse and James Connolly ~ Diarmaid Ferriter
  • Chapter 16 – The Guinnesses and beyond ~ J.J. Lee
  • Chapter 17 – Hanna and Frank Sheehy-Skeffington ~ Margaret Ward

About the Author

Eugenio Biagini is currently Professor of Modern and Contemporary History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. His main publications include British Democracy and Irish Nationalism, 1876-1906 (2007).

Daniel Mulhall is the Irish Ambassador in London. He is the author of A New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (1999).

Additional Information

Author Edited by Eugenio Biagini and Daniel Mulhall
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 29 Jan 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781911024002

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