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Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction

Senia Paseta

Publication Date - June 2003

ISBN: 9780192801678

184 pages

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95


This is a book about the Irish Question, or more specifically about Irish Questions. The term has become something of a catch-all, a convenient way to encompass numerous issues and developments which pertain to the political, social, and economic history of modern Ireland. It is a question which refuses to go away, but it is also a question whose inconstant meaning is rarely anatomized and still less often denied. One of the main aims of this book is to explore the complicated and shifting nature of the Irish Question, and to assess what it has meant to various political minds and agendas. The book is arranged both thematically and chronologically; each of the eight chapters takes as its focus a particular period, and each period is discussed within the context of one or more questions which informed and shaped that particular period.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam


  • A brief overview of the central themes in Irish history, politics, and culture over the last 200 years
  • New angles and under-researched areas are broached, such as women's history and the lives of the Catholic middle class
  • Senia Paseta comes to the subject as a historian with a refreshingly impartial (and sometimes acerbic) perspective on Irish history
  • Ideal introduction for newcomer to subject, but original treatment makes it also essential reading for those already familiar with aspects of Irish history

About the Author(s)

Dr. Paseta is Tutorial Fellow in Modern History at St. Hugh's College, Oxford. She is the recipient of numerous sholarships and prizes, including the J. G. Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence from the Australian National University.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Irish Question in Context
    1. The Act of Union
    2. The Catholic Question
    3. The Land Question
    4. The National Question
    5. The New Nationalism
    6. The Irish Revolution
    7. The National Questions
    8. New Acts of Union