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  • Published: 15 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846079702
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Story of Ireland



The bestselling history of Ireland, now in paperback - with a new afterword covering the seismic events of 2011

Neil Hegarty’s bestselling history of Ireland is a story crowded with the drama of complex characters, shifting allegiances and changing identities. Revisiting the major turning points in the Irish story, Hegarty looks not only at the dynamics of what happened in Ireland, but also at the role of events abroad. How did Europe’s 16th century religious wars inform the incredible violence inflicted on the Irish by the Elizabethans? What was the impact of the French and American revolutions on the Irish nationalist movement? What were the consequences of Ireland’s policy of neutrality during the Second World War? Story of Ireland sets out to answer these questions and more, rejecting the introspection that has often characterized Irish history. With a new afterword that covers the dramatic events of 2011 – including the multi-billion-euro international bailout of Ireland’s economy, Fianna Fáil's electoral meltdown in the general election, and the first ever visit by a British sovereign to the Irish Republic – Story of Ireland is the history of a country shaped by and helping shape the world around it. Accompanying a landmark series coproduced by the BBC and RTE, and with an introduction by series presenter, Fergal Keane, Story of Ireland is an epic account of Ireland’s history for an entire new generation.

  • Published: 15 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846079702
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the author

Neil Hegarty

Neil Hegarty was born in Derry in 1970. He is the author of Dublin: A View from the Ground. His short fiction and essays have been published widely and his journalism has appeared in the Irish Times and Daily Telegraph. His radio play, The Story of Peggy Mountain, was shortlisted for RTE's P J O'Connor Award; and he has written radio documentaries on the Irish diaspora in Newfoundland and Argentina.

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Praise for The Story of Ireland

An engrossing and highly readable account of the sweep of Irish history.

Sunday Independent

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