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For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes

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For the Cause of Liberty is the story of Irish nationalism, from the legendary king Brian Boru, who united the chieftains of Ireland to drive out the Vikings, to the still-unresolved conflict in Northern Ireland. In a fast-paced narrative, Terry Golway tells a thousand years of Irish history, brilliantly describing the achievements of the patriots who kept alive the dream of Irish freedom until they finally succeeded.

When England turned its attention toward its neighboring island during the Middle Ages, Ireland found itself at the beginning of a long struggle for identity. The English colonized Ireland, and in so doing wrote the opening chapter of a powerful and violent epic of suffering, sacrifice, and triumph. Over the centuries heroes emerged to lead the resistance to colonization and assimilation. In relating the dramatic stories of these heroes, Terry Golway tells us how the Irish saved themselves.

Among the stories — some famous, some little-known — are those of Wolfe Tone, a leader of the 1798 rebellion who cut his own throat rather than submit to a hangman; Kevin Barry, executed at age eighteen rather than turn informer on the eve of independence in 1921; Bobby Sands, an IRA militant who died on a hunger strike in 1981 that called international attention to the conflict in Northern Ireland; and several remarkable women who played pivotal roles in Irish history, among them Anna Parnell, Countess Markievicz, and Bernadette Devlin.

For the Cause of Liberty reveals that the struggle for Irish freedom was not a strictly religious dispute; in fact, many of the greatest heroes of the nationalist movement were Protestants, some of them descended only a few generations from English settlers. Terry Golway also reminds us that the United States played a role in this drama, especially after the heavy Irish immigration in the mid-1800s. (Eamon de Valera, who dominated Irish politics in the twentieth century, was born in the United States.)

This is a thrilling chronicle of Irish aspiration over the centuries, a vivid narrative sure to fascinate anyone interested in Irish history.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-369) and index.

About the Author

Terry Golway is City Editor and columnist at The New York Observer. He has written for America, American Heritage, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, the Irish Echo, and other national publications. He is the coauthor of The Irish in America and author of Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom.

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter One
Conquest

Chapter Two
Protestant Nation

Chapter Three
The Common Name of Irishman

Chapter Four
Emancipation and Starvation

Chapter Five
The Irish Republican Brotherhood

Chapter Six
The Land War

Chapter Seven
To Sweeten Ireland1s Wrong

Chapter Eight
Bloody Protest for a Glorious Thing

Chapter Nine
Liberty

Chapter Ten
The Orange State

Chapter Eleven
The Common Cause of Peace

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684855561
Subtitle:
(a thousand years of Ireland's heroes )
Author:
Golway, Terry
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
Nationalists
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2202-93
Publication Date:
c2000
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
397 p.
Dimensions:
9.55x6.34x1.23 in. 1.30 lbs.

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