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Author: John Gibney Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781094196978
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A brisk, concise, and readable overview of Irish history from the Protestant Reformation to the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Five centuries of Irish history are explored in this informative and accessible volume. John Gibney proceeds from the beginning of Ireland’s modern period and continues through to virtually the present day, offering an integrated overview of the island nation’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic history. This succinct, scholarly study covers important historical events, including the Cromwellian conquest and settlement, the Great Famine, and the struggle for Irish independence. Gibney’s book explores major themes such as Ireland’s often contentious relationship with Britain, its place within the British Empire, the impact of the Protestant Reformation, the ongoing religious tensions it inspired, and the global reach of the Irish diaspora. This unique, wide-ranging work assimilates the most recent scholarship on a wide range of historical controversies, making it an essential addition to the library of any student of Irish studies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An excellent primer on Ireland and its relations with its neighbor, written in a tone of rationality that draws a line under the mistakes of the earlier centuries.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “What sets John Gibney’s work of synthesis apart is its skilful combination of readability and, despite its modest length, breadth.”

    BBC History

  • “Gibney’s work is distinguished by remarkable range, impressive erudition lightly worn, exceptional talent for incisive summary, and a highly readable style. Gibney blends political, social, and economic history in a seamless flow that leaves the reader eager to find out what comes next. This is not only a work of first-class scholarship, but the product of penetrating and wide-ranging thought.”

    J. J. Lee, author of The Modernisation of Irish Society, 1848–1918

  • “Succinct, clearly written, and up-to-date. John Gibney condenses great masses of historical matter into brisk, accessible narrative.”

    James Smyth, author of The Men of No Property: Irish Radicals and Popular Politics in the Late Eighteenth Century

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About the Author

John Gibney is a historian with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. He is the author of a number of books, including A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 and The Shadow of a Year: The 1641 Rebellion in Irish History and Memory. He completed his doctorate at Trinity College Dublin.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.