The history of Ireland has long been a topic at the forefront of debate and one that continues to raise emotions and be the cause of much dispute. Interest in Irish culture, politics, and society, both ancient and modern, never seems to falter, not only in scholarly circles but also among the general public.
Now in its second edition, the Companion continues to offer a comprehensive and authoritative guide to all aspects of the Irish past from earliest times to the present day. Traditional topics such as the rebellion of 1798 and the Irish Civil War sit alongside entries on newly developing areas such as women's history and popular culture. The text has updated and revised to take into account recent research and events.
In addition to A-Z entries, the Companion includes a section of maps showing the shape of modern Ireland, post-reformation ecclesiastical divisions, political divisions circa 800, Ireland circa 1350, Ireland in the late 15th century, and the pattern of transport and communications throughout the country.
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Professor Sean Connolly is currently Professor of Irish History at the School of Modern History, Queen's University, Belfast. His previous posts have included Archivist at the Public Record Office of Ireland, Lecturer at St Patrick's College, Dublin, and Lecturer and later Reader in History at the University of Ulster. He is the author and editor of a number of titles.
`a serious reference work which, unusually, is also a rewarding read for the casual browser...[a] good Companion to student, historian or lay reader alike'
Neil Johnston, Belfast Telegraph (reviewing current edition)
`an invaluable work of reference that will inform, educate and might even entertain...this book has something valuable to tell armchair republicans, loyalist community workers, Dublin e-commerce execs, A-level students and everybody in between'
Joanna Braniff, Irish News (reviewing current edition)
`a comprehensive and authoritative guide'
Daphne Abernethy, News Letter (reviewing current edition)
`a marvellous companion for the economic and business historian'
Belfast Telegraph (reviewing current edition)
`a fascinating and illuminating book which will provide hours of leisurely enjoyment'
David Granville, Irish Democrat (reviewing current edition)
`a compilation which, without sacrificing scholarship, triumphantly lays before the reader so much that is both useful and new...this is a companion to be cherished'
Toby Barnard, TLS (reviewing previous edition)
`will provide an essential reference work for all journalists, historians, diplomats and indeed anyone who wishes to find out quickly the who, the when, and the what in Irish history'
Thomas Bartlett, Irish Times (reviewing previous edition)
`judicious and authoritative...invaluable to academics and taxi drivers alike'
Roy Foster, The Times (reviewing previous edition)
`packed with small nuggets of knowledge...consistently stimulating and instructive...irresistible for browsing'
Victoria Glendinning, Daily Telegraph (reviewing previous edition)
`fine book of reference'
Edward Pearce, History Today (reviewing previous edition)
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