Synopses & Reviews
A compelling narrative of contemporary Ireland from one of its most highly respected historians
The Ireland of today is a place poised between the divisiveness of deep-seated conflict and the modernizing pull of material prosperity. Though each state's history is strikingly divergent, the mirroring ideologies that fuel them are remarkably symbiotic. With Ireland Since 1939, one of the most distinguished Irish historians working today casts a fresh and unpredictable eye to Ireland's history from World War II up through the present to show how-by putting aside its North/South conflict-Ireland can look forward to a prosperous economic future.
"Offer[s] original insight and a comprehensive synthesis of historical research . . . Patterson's detailed analysis of the [peace] process is impressive."
-The Irish Times
"Above all, this book is admirably non-determinist, avoids facile optimism, and administers some mordant thrusts."
About the Author
Henry Patterson is a professor of politics at the University of Ulster, and his previous books include The Politics of Illusion.