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Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Full of rich details drawn from years of original research, this study analyzes the shaping of the past, present, and future of Ireland through the history of Irish nationalism. A full presentation and explanation of why Irish nationalists have believed and acted as they have, why their ideas and strategies have changed over time, and what effect Irish nationalism has had ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Pan Macmillan (first published March 30th 2007)
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Vivian Valvano
English's knowledge is vast, his intellect is superb, and his research prowess is prodigious and even enviable. Why, then, 3 stars and not more for this valuable book? Two reasons. 1) Sometimes (not always ... just sometimes) the arm of revisionism reaches too far. One example: English writes, "So, as with most of the great leaders of nationalist Ireland (Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon de Valera and John Hume among them), O'Connell's career was centred for the most part on democratic and non-vio ...more
First of all, what this book isn't: a history of Ireland. As the subtitle makes clear it is a history of nationalism is Ireland and one should have read at least an undergraduate level text on Irish history before this book. English defines nationalism and shows how it has evolved in the particular political and economic atmosphere of Ireland. He is by no means a fan of the "Nationalists" (as opposed to the Unionists) and thinks that partition was necessary and inevitable.

English is very widely
Mark O'hagan
I gave up history as a subject in school and always felt that there were huge gaps in my knowledge of Irish history. A huge "thank you" to Richard English for helping me to fill in those gaps. A very comprehensive book that asks a lot of "what if"? Questions of the reader -and that isn't a bad thing. Essential reading for anyone with more than just a passing interest in the subject
Caitríona  Nic Uidhir
This book looks really daunting, but it's written in flowing, accessible prose that is not at all laboured. Unlike many factual books, this account is enjoyable.
Dec 17, 2011 James marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this for two reasons. One is as research for my new W.I.P; the other is because I've forgotten most of what I was thought in school.
Anthony Graham
A great book by the ironically named Richard English. Hard going at times but worth the effort.
St. Patrick's day is coming up, so this one is on the "currently-reading" pile.

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