Ireland: The Union and its Aftermath

The Union and its Aftermath

Oliver MacDonagh

Ireland: The Union and its Aftermath

Oliver MacDonagh

Distributed for University College Dublin Press

296 pages
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781900621816 Published January 2019 For sale in North America only
Oliver MacDonagh described the first edition of "Ireland: The Union and its Aftermath", published in 1968, as "a very small book with very large themes". The book rapidly reached the status of a classic and remains a thought-provoking survey of the history of Ireland from the Act of Union of 1800 until modern times. It has been unavailable for a long time. MacDonagh regarded the Act of Union as the most important single factor in shaping Ireland as a nation in the modern world. Although subordination to Britain had influenced Irish development before 1800, it took a rapidly different form under the Act of Union: "The experience of being assimilated by, and resisting assimilation into, a powerful and alien empire - perhaps the master-culture of the 19th century - was truly traumatic." For the second edition, published in 1977, which is reprinted here with a new introduction by W. J. Mc Cormack, MacDonagh included a chapter on the period 1968-73, taking account of the early years of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
Contents
The Union the siamese twins disaffection the new nationalism the new state the new economy old lamps for new.
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