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Short History of Irish Independence - (I.b.tauris Short Histories) by J. J. Lee (Hardcover)

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The history of modern Ireland has been one of both struggle and hope. The struggle, first to establish a nation independent of Britain and then to define what it represents, is one that continues to animate politics and society at home, as well as abroad, among the Irish Diaspora (especially in the USA). Though it is a struggle that still bears the traces of sectarianism, it is leavened by the ongoing hopes-both north and south of the border-of a lasting settlement in Ulster. Charting those large, iconic moments of the Irish narrative, award-winning historian J. J. Lee encompasses many momentous events, such as the founding of the Fenians (1858), C. S. Parnell's campaign for Home Rule (from 1877), the Easter Rising (1916), occupation of the Dublin Custom House (1921), the death of Michael Collins (1922) and the rise of Éamon de Valera against the surging tides of stronger currents: whether that is the Great Famine, the War of Independence, or the bitter Civil War between pro-and anti-treaty factions of the IRA. By revealing the underlying forces beneath Ireland's turbulent history, Lee offers a masterful portrait of the Irish story.

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