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How the Irish Saved Civilization : The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
by Thomas Cahill

In this delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little-known "hinge" of history, Thomas Cahill takes us to the "island of saints and scholars," the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells. Here, far from the barbarian despoliation of the continent, monks and scribes laboriously, lovingly, even playfully preserved the West's written treasury. When stability returned in Europe, these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning, becoming not only the conservators of civilization, but also the shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western culture.

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The Irish in America
by Michael Coffey (Editor), Terry Golway (Editor)

The Irish in America was created, in part, as a companion to the PBS documentary series of the same name that was first aired in January 1998. Journalist Terry Golway's text provides a solid backbone to the book: she tells the usual story of Irish involvement in American politics and also sheds light on contributions that the Irish have made to American industry and culture. Golway's text is interspersed (sometimes a bit confusingly) with hundreds of illustrations, as well as with many brief essays by Irish American notables, including historians, novelists, comedians, musicians, and politicians. Two of the most enlightening are historian Ellen Skerrett's essay on the Irish American penchant for building cathedrals and Maureen Murphy's look at how Irish immigrant girls found upward mobility in America. Other essays aren't as strictly historical, but the matching of writer and subject makes them irresistible. For example, a lively contribution by novelist Thomas Flanagan on Irish Americans as portrayed in John Ford's films raises serious issues while still being entertaining (much like Ford's films). Despite a few other inclusions that may make some readers scratch their heads or roll their eyes (such as Denis Leary's essay, which contains something guaranteed to offend almost everyone), The Irish in America is a worthy effort, one that offers valuable insight into American history and the distinct role played by the Irish.

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History
by S. J. Connolly (Editor)
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A new Companion to a most companionable land, "The Oxford Companion to Irish History" includes 1,800 entries which explore Irish history from the earliest times to the recent past. Key figures and events are re-evaluated in the light of recent research, while emerging areas of scholarship, such as women's history and public health, are discussed in depth. Line drawings & maps.

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The Ancient Celts
by Barry Cunliffe
Hardcover

Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world, feared by both Greeks and Romans. Written by one of the world's leading authorities on European history, The Ancient Celts is a stunningly illustrated account of one of the leading civilizations of ancient Europe. 200 photos, 24 in color.

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Atlas of Irish History
by Sean Duffy (Editor), Gabriel Doherty, Raymond Gillespie, James Kelly, Brendan Smith
Hardcover

Here is the first full-color atlas of Ireland's historyfrom the ancient Celtic times right up to the tumult of the present day. Using a combination of 70 color illustrations and more than 60 specially-commissioned thematic maps, the atlas is a superb graphic representation of Ireland's rich past. The text, written by six leading scholars - all experts in their respective periods - gives an integrated, innovative overview of Irish history. The maps and text combine to explore subjects as diverse as the spread of Christianity; the nature of Norman colonization; the impact of the Reformation; the Elizabethan, Cromwellian, and Williamite wars; the revival of the Catholic Church; the Famine; the rise of nationalism; and the development of the present conflict in Northern Ireland.

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The Celts : Conquerors of Ancient Europe (Discoveries)
by Christiane Eluere, Daphne Briggs

Chronicles Celtic expansion throughout Europe beginning in the fourth century B.C., their creation of magnificent objects of bronze and gold, and what can be learned of them from accounts by Roman historians and archaeological findings. Original.

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The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland
by R. F. Foster (Editor)

Few countries have such a compelling and stirring history as Ireland. This sumptuously illustrated volume captures all the color of the Emerald Isle, from the earliest prehistoric communities through centuries of turbulent change, to the present day. 200 halftones; 24 color plates; 8 maps.

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This Great Calamity : The Irish Famine 1845-52
by Christine Kinealy

The Irish Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, forced a similar number to emigrate, and reduced the Irish population to just over one million by the beginning of the 20th century. With fascinating insight, Dr. Kinealy unravels fact from opinion, confronts the role of ethnic stereotypes, and examines the ruling Anglo-Irish government's response to the disaster while analyzing its motives. She reveals the scope of the Famine's impact, showing how local communities were affected and provides a detailed account of the relief measures organized at both local and national levels.

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The Course of Irish History
by F.X. Martin (Editor), T. W. Moody

Much Irish history is written as a matter of heroes and leaders, of great personalities and sweeping events. T. W. Moody and F. X. Martin's collection of essays by leading historians offers all those things, but it takes the land itself as its starting point. Ireland, they write, has always been poor because of its ungiving soil; always isolated because of its ring of imposing mountains and steep hills--but always open to invasion from the east across the calm, narrow Irish Sea, because of which, they write, "our present-day laws and institutions have their origins in England." While taking a long view of events, they manage to compress thousands of years of history into this fact-filled, highly readable book.

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The Confession of Saint Patrick : And, Letter to Coroticus
by Saint Patrick, Patrick Epistola Ad Milites Corotici, John Skinner, John O'Donohue

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The Irish Famine (Discoveries)
by Gray. Peter, Sarah Burns (Editor), Peter Gray

In 1845, when the potato crop failed in Ireland, the resulting famine caused the deaths of one in eight Irish. This compelling book takes readers through this devastating period, explaining, from all sides, the causes of the famine, the often misguided plans for relief, its effect on modern Ireland, and the cultural makeup of the U.S. and Canada. 150 illustrations, 100 in color. Size A. A.

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The Great Hunger : Ireland, 1845-1849
by Cecil Blanche Fitz Gerald Woodham Smith, Cecil Woodham-Smith, Charles Woodham

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Chronicles of the Celts
by Iain Zaczek (Editor)

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