This volume brings together distinguished historians of Ireland, each of whom tackles a key question, issue or event in Irish history since the eighteenth century and:
* examines its historiography
* assesses the context of new interpretations
* considers the strengths and weaknesses of revisionist ideas
* offers their own interpretation.
Topics covered are not only of historical interest but, in the context of recent revisionist debates, of contemporary political significance.
These original contributions take account of new evidence and perspectives, as well as up-to-date historical methodology. Their combination of synthesis and analysis represent a valuable guide to the present state of the writing of modern Irish history.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Eighteenth Century Ireland: Colony or Ancient Regime? 2. The Context and Causes of the '98 Rebellion 3. The Union and its Consequences 4. The Great Famine 5. Irish Nationalism 6. Irish Unionism 7. Land: The Revisionist Controversy 8. 1916: The Meaning of a Rising 9. British Policy and Ireland 10. Literature, Nationalism and Society
'This is a stimulating book. It asserts the value of the discipline of history against its current enemies. Those, on the one hand, who would dissolve history into literature, a form of story-telling where fiction is as good as fact. And those, on the other hand, who understand history as the source for useful propaganda' - Arthur Aughey, The Making of Modern Irish History
'Between them they have compiled a really excellent and much needed study. The editors deserve particular congratulations.' - Charles Chenevix Trench, Irish Independent