The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000
By Diarmaid Ferriter
Published by Profile Book, 2004
In 1900 Ireland
was a restless, impoverished, neglected corner of the British
Empire. By 2000 it had become the ‘Celtic
Tiger’ of Europe. How did this happen and what was it like
to grow up and live in 20th century Ireland? Diarmaid Ferriter
answers these questions in this first comprehensive social, political,
cultural, intellectual and economic survey of that Irish century.
In so doing he draws together the complex threads that make up
Ireland’s story – from the high drama of its politics,
to the ‘hidden pasts’ drawn from memoirs and previously
unused sources; from the bitter struggles over the North to religion,
literature, family and football. The book also considers women
in a way no previous account of modern Ireland has.
most vivid and stimulating history of twentieth century Ireland
‘This will be an influential book, and is a remarkable achievement’ Roy
Foster, The Guardian
is “total history”, history from below
as well as above…… Ferriter has delved into the often
ignored subjects, combed his primary sources thoroughly and consequently
is able to present the reader with some fascinating
insights’ Patrick West, Literary Review
Ferriter was born in Dublin. He is a lecturer in history at St.
College, Dublin City University.
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