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Roy Foster is one of Ireland's leading historians, the author of the much acclaimed two-volume biography of Yeats as well as the definitive history Modern Ireland, which has been hailed as "dazzling" (New York Times Book Review) and "elegant, erudite, wise, witty" (Irish Times). Now, this brilliant writer offers a "short and combative" account of Ireland's astonishing transformation over the last three decades.

Has there really been an "economic miracle"? Where does the explosion of cultural energy in music, literature, and theater come from? Has the power of the Catholic Church really crumbled? Focusing largely on contemporary events, living people, current controversies, and popular culture, Luck and the Irish explores these questions and raises other provocative questions of its own. Foster looks at the astonishing volte-face undertaken by Sinn Fein, eventually taking office in a state they had once fought to destroy. He describes how Catholicism, once the bedrock of Irish identity, has been decisively compromised, as evidenced by the exploitation and abuse scandals and the drastic decline in devotions. At the same time, the position of women in Irish society has been transformed, with the growth of feminism, a revolution in sexual attitudes, far more women in the work force, the ascendancy of President Mary Robinson, and the movement of women to front-rank Cabinet posts--all of which have put the position of Irish women ahead of that in many European nations.

Many old molds have been broken in Irish society over the last 30 years, and the immediate results have been breath-taking. But are these developments really as permanent or even as beneficial as they appear? Everyone curious about the recent past, the burgeoning present, and the unclear future of Ireland will want to read this superbly written and deeply thoughtful book.

About the Author

Roy Foster is Professor of History and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. In addition to his renowned biography of Yeats and his acclaimed history of modern Ireland, he is the editor of The Oxford History of Ireland. His most recent book is The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195179521
Author:
Foster, Roy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, R. F.
Author:
Foster, R. F.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Ireland History 20th century.
Subject:
Ireland Civilization 20th century.
Subject:
History, World | Irish
Subject:
World History-Ireland
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.5 x 1 in 1.038 lb

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