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Covering Irish history from the beginnings of Irish Nationalism through 1973, Robert Kee's treatment ranges from the Protestant Plantations through Wolfe Tone and the Great Famine to the founding of the Fenian Movement and the Irish Free State. His authoritative and comprehensive history is masterly in its detail and judicious analysis. A classic in its field, this is essential reading for anyone attempting to understand the complex historical forces that have shaped Ireland.


This comprehensive history of Irish nationalism is now available as a single volume.

About the Author

Robert Kee is the author of twelve books, including The Laurel and the Ivy. He is also a freelance journalist and broadcaster, and has worked for many years in both radio and television.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

List of Tables

List of Figures



Part One: Who Were Irishmen?

1. Treaty Night

2. Contradictions of Irish Nationality

3. Strongbow (1170) to the Ulster Plantation (1609)

4. Great Rebellion (1641) to Penal Laws (1703)

5. Majority Living (1703-1880)

6. Minority Politics, 18th Century

Part Two: The First Irish Republicans

1. Ireland and the French Revolution

2. Wolfe Tone and Samuel Neilson

3. United Irishmen and Defenders

4. French Contacts

5. Defenders and Orangemen

6. Bantry Bay

7. United Irishmen in Trouble

8. New French Preparations

9. Repression, 1798

10. Rebellion in Wexford

11. Collapse of United Irishmen

12. The French Landing

Part Three: The Union

1. The Making of the Union

2. Robert Emmet's Fall and Rise

3. The Failure of the Union

4. Daniel O'Connell and Catholic Emancipation

5. The Repeal Debate

6. O'Connell and Davis

7. 'Monster Meetings'

8. Biding Time After Clontarf

9. O'Connell's Imprisonment and After

10. More 'Monster Meetings'

11. Repeal, Famine, and Young Ireland

12. The Irish Confederation

13. Smith O'Brien's 'Rising' 1848

14. The Corpse on the Dissecting Table

15. Beginnings of the Fenian Movement

16. James Stephens at Work

17. Stephens In and Out of Trouble

18. 1867: Bold Fenian Men

19. The Manchester Martyrs

Part Four: The Tragedy of Home Rule

1. Beginnings of Home Rule

2. Parnell and the Land Crisis

3. Parnell and Home Rule

4. The Orange Card

5. Parnell's Fall

6. Second Home Rule Bill: Orangemen at Play

7. Nationalists at Ease

8. Growth of National Consciousness

9. Arthur Griffith and Sinn Fein

10. Asquith and the Third Home Rule Bill

11. Ulster Volunteers

12. The Liberal Nerve Begins to Fail

13. Volunteers and Home Rule

14. Volunteers and the European War

15. The 'Sinn Fein' Volunteers

16. Casement in Germany

17. The Dublin Rising, 1916

18. Executions and Negotiations

Part Five: Ourselves Alone

1. Rebellion to De Valera's Election at Clare (July 1917)

2. The New Sinn Fein (July 1917-April 1918)

3. Conscription Crisis to General Election (December 1918)

4. Sinn Fein in a Vacuum (January-May 1919)

5. Michael Collins and Others (April-December 1919)

6. The Campaign of Killing (1919-20)

7. Enter Black and Tans (1920)

8. Murder by the Throat (1920)

9. War and Truce (1921)

10. Treaty (1921)

11. Nemesis (1922-3)

12. Epilogue


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Product Details

Kee, Robert
Penguin Books
Modern - 20th Century
Europe - Ireland
Modern - 19th Century
World History-Ireland
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7.74x5.10x1.66 in. 1.28 lbs.
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