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Ireland In The 20th Century
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Ireland entered the twentieth century savaged by poverty and memories of the famine but inspired by the Celtic Dawn, a remarkable cultural renaissance led by Yeats, Synge and Lady Gregory. She left it in the era of the Celtic Tiger, with unparalleled prosperity and a new, confident, outward-looking view of herself and the world - although this prosperity and self-confidence is now giving way to uncertainty. In the intervening hundred years Ireland has experienced more 'history' than almost any other country- beginning under the British crown, she was racked by revolution, the Anglo-Irish war, partition and civil conflict. Led by towering figures such as Michael Collins and De Valera, she has suffered terrible hardships and disputes but has nevertheless provided brilliant cultural and literary examples and is now a country of importance in the wider international community, providing leadership in a variety of moral and development issues. In this readable and authoritative study, Ireland's bestselling popular historian tells the extraordinary story of how contemporary Ireland came into existence. Covering both South and North and dealing with social and cultural history as well
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'Vividly painted- A tour de force, delivered in Tim Pat Coogan's inimitable style' Ireland on Sunday

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Tim Pat Coogan, former editor of the Irish Press, is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his journalism and especially for his books, which include Wherever Green is Worn, The Troubles, Michael Collins and De Valera.

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"A journey into our own psyche ... Tim Pat Coogan has dug, Heaney-like, into the past while opening doors to faraway places" -- Frank McCourt "It is the result of great energy, imagination and painstaking detective work ... It is a big book on a big topic. Don't just read it. Buy it and reread it" * Irish Times * "Vividly painted - A tour de force, delivered in Tim Pat Coogan's inimitable style" * Ireland on Sunday *

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