The history of Ireland is one of oppression and emancipation, characterized by foreign rule and the fight for freedom. It is a history in which religious and political conflicts sit side by side with a shared love of the ancient magic that enshrouds the island. The Irish have a great sense of national identity and this is reflected in their history: their heritage is ancient and their culture unique. Irish History offers a complete A to Z journey through a turbulent past that has shaped the country today. Every entry is tagged by one of seven themes, such as Culture and Politics, which can then be followed as threads throughout the book. This way, it provides a comprehensive background to, and a deeper understanding of, a great many characters and events.
Seamas Mac Annaidh is one of the world's leading authorities on Irish History. He has written numerous historical works, novels, short stories and contributed to many books, magazines, and television programmes. He is Arts Editor with the Belfast newspaper La. Previously, he was a presenter/producer with BBC Northern Ireland and Writer-in-Residence at Queen's University, Belfast. Other contributors: Guy de la Bedoyere, Michael Kerrigan, Jon Sutherland and Ciaran O Pronntaigh