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Ireland: A Short History

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island to the St Andrews Agreement and decommissioning of IRA weapons, this uniquely concise account of Ireland and its people reveals how differing interpretations of history, ancient and modern, have influenced modern Irish society. Combining factual information with a critical approach, Coohill covers all the key events, inc ...more
Paperback, 4th Edition, 264 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Oneworld Publications (first published July 1st 2008)
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Sep 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in preparation to a short trip to Ireland this fall. I would much have preferred a more detailed history but had to acquiescence to a more concentrated version for the sake of time. However, this book was successful in providing me with an important backdrop for my visit and edifying me in an understanding of the Irish and how they have influenced the United States.

I was quite shocked to read of the many social disturbances and acts of violence that have characterized Ireland.
Michael Dhar
This is indeed a short history, and it gave me what I was looking for while browsing at Hodges Figgis my last full day in Dublin: a brief overview of Irish history that wouldn't add too many pages to my backlog of books to read. The most interesting thing about this history was that Coohill takes great pains to show you alternative takes on major events. Each chapter ends with an "Interpretations" section telling you how different schools of historical thought, over the years, have portrayed, fo ...more
Rhiannon Grant
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at the library as background reading, knowing that I'm going on holiday in Ireland later this year. Although I think I'll also want something with more detail on the prehistoric/pre-Christian stuff, this was a really useful and well-written introduction which tied together all sorts of things I'd heard of but not understood about Irish history - including British involvement in the 17th century (biggest lesson: it was hardly new, and Henry II was a scheming so-and-so), Quaker in ...more
Ryan Griffith
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though its focus is primarily modern Irish history, this is an excellent resource for understanding the intriguing and complex circumstances that made Ireland (the Republic and Northern Ireland) what it is today.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ireland
For those seeking a relatively brief overview of sectarianism and the nationalist-unionist conflict in Ireland, this book is decent. Coohill makes sure to discuss (in a balanced manner) the positions of and conflicts between the major schools of thought in Irish historical studies.

This book touches on economic policy, but Coohill doesn't go into as much detail on this subject as one would expect for a book claiming to be a short history of Ireland. Given that I'm an economics major, I'm slightly
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a textbook, but very interesting. Succinct but covers a lot of ground. Pretty good!
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better history texts I've been made to read for class. Might be that I liked it so well because I am so fascinated by the history of Ireland, though.
Just started reading but L like what I've read so far. It was OK didn't really go as deep as I would have liked.
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