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Unhappy the Land : The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish? (Hardcover) (Liam Kennedy)

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Kennedy looks at Ireland’s political history, challenges, and pain. He spotlights important events separating myth and assumptions from fact. Nine chapters are divided into three parts: the long view; famine in Ireland; the revolutionary decade. In part I he cites the acronym MOPE (most oppressed people ever) as summing up the period from the later eighteenth century. The motif of victimhood looms large in Irish national self-consciousness with parallel lineages found in loyalist circles in Northern Ireland in more recent times. Ireland’s political and constitutional dilemma is that two competing nationalisms emerged in the nineteenth century on one small island--Irish nationalism which harked back to an ancient Gaelic civilization and was infused with Catholic culture and anglophobic sentiment. The other was a regional culture and dialect of British nationalism which took on a distinctly confessional character in Ulster. Part II notes that in some accounts the Great Famine was the Irish Holocaust, a perspective apparent in some quarters in Ireland itself as well as the fringes of Irish-America. Kennedy turns critical attention to assertions of this nature. In part III he critiques the Ulster Covenant and asks the question: was there an Irish war of independence? He cites the episode as not only brutal on all sides, but revealing of the complexity of people’s allegiances, which were never more complex and in a state of greater flux than during the course of the ordeal--more so than sometimes represented. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 294
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Liam Kennedy
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2016
TCIN: 50374704
UPC: 9781785370298
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-4633
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