The Battle for Ireland

The Battle for Ireland

A Story of National Liberation–A Selection from Vanished Kingdoms (Penguin Tracks)

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ePub
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$2.99
 
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  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101630839
  • 60  Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The history of contemporary Ireland and its struggle for independence—excerpted from internationally bestselling author Norman Davies’s Vanished Kingdoms

Vanished Kingdoms introduces readers to once-powerful European empires that have left scant traces on the modern map. In this excerpt from his widely acclaimed book, Norman Davies chronicles the history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during what is referred to as the Era of National Liberation. Beginning with the Easter Rising of 1916, Davies recounts the difficulties of establishing Home Rule, which would allow for autonomous self-government under the British Crown, and the impact of the IRA and its fraught relationship with the Catholic Church. Along the way, Davies includes stirring portraits of the groundbreaking leaders who fought for Irish independence, such as Eamon de Valera and his organization Sinn Fein, and the well-known songs and poems that helped galvanize a sense of national pride.

A selection from the work The Boston Globe has called “commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane,” The Battle for Ireland provides a concise overview of modern Irish politics and history with Davies’s characteristic vigor and intelligence.

Praise

“Davies is certainly one of the best British historical writers of the past half century, and every gauntlet he throws down is bejeweled. His literary gifts and his capacity for what he nicely calls ‘imaginative sympathy’ are stretched to their limits by this challenging project. . . . Yet Davies succeeds, and it is quite a success.”

– Timothy Snyder, The Guardian (London)
 
“Hugely ambitious . . . From the mists, Mr. Davies summons the kingdoms; he records their emergence, their flowering and their demise—whether by ‘internall diseases’ or ‘forraign warre’ in Thomas Hobbes’s words. And he examines the traces that the kingdoms have left behind, in works of art or a piece of rock or perhaps just a place name.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“Davies resurrects the lands and peoples that were lost in the brutal tide of history. . . . It takes a tremendous feat of empathy to write about countries and peoples that no longer exist. And the amount of information in Vanished Kingdoms that will be new to all but the most expert students of European history is staggering. . . . Fascinating facts and insights flutter on its many pages.”
San Francisco Chronicle

 
“Davies is well known as an iconoclast who punctures the comforting myths of countries that history has blessed. . . . Vanished Kingdoms gives full rein to his historical imagination and enthusiasms, imparting a powerful sense of places lost in time. All across Europe ghosts will bless him for telling their long-forgotten stories.”

The Economist
“An alternative history of Europe that is . . . densely packed yet commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane.”
The Boston Globe
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