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  • A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000

  • By: John Gibney
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Summary

A brisk, concise, and enjoyable overview of Irish history from the Protestant Reformation to the dawn of the 21st 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.

©2020 John Gibney (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Wonderful read.

A great read, I wish my friends would read this to truly understand the complexity of being Irish.
Anthony Macbride

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Informative but lost me at times

Gerard Doyle does a fine job narrating, but there are some points in the book that are hard to enjoy; principally the "where historians disagree" sections. These sections, at the end of various chapters, talk a lot about what different historians think and end up sounding like a reading list. For academics and those conducting a peer review, it's probably very helpful. For the average reader, not so much.

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Excellent way to connect the dots of Irish history

I knew many parts of Irish history previously, but this book drew the story together in a way that made it easier to understand much more why certain events happened when they did.

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Error

I am enjoying this audiobook so far, apart from an error made at the beginning of Chapter 1 where it states that Henry 2nd granted the title of Lord of Ireland to his eldest son John - John was in fact his youngest son.

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An educational fast track through 500 years

Well worth a listen. he who doesn't learn history is doomed to repeat it.

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Excellent history of Ireland

I knew very little about Irish history prior to reading this book. It comprehensively explains some of the key moments since 1500.

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A valuable insight into Irish problems

This is a timely review of the recent history of Ireland and how the past shapes present day tensions.

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A good overview of recent history

It covers a lot of issues very quickly, but gives a good overview that allows for a high level understanding when considering particular issues.

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Very good

I really enjoyed this book.
Gerard Doyle is easy to listen to.
If you thinking about it…do,wort the read.

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great listen on Irish history.

great listen if you want a crash course on Irish history. The Irish fammine was genocide, this talk did not discuss how much food that was being exported out of Ireland to England in the years with the fammine.. I feel they gave the minimum facts..

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  • Clint
  • 23-05-22

A great introduction to modern Irish history

A succinct and balanced overview of 500 years. It will make more detailed treatments of specific eras much more accessible.

Gibney threads his way through tough issues like the question of blame for the Great Famine without yield to an obvious bias. That said, even a balance view leaves the British looking like abusive imperialists.

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  • Chicagonora
  • 22-10-21

Audio messed up

Been trying to get into this book, but it’s pretty slow. It could be that I don’t find Catholics and Protestants fighting over religion very interesting. To make matters worse, the audio cuts out sometimes. It’s as if some paragraphs were cut out and you can only hear the last word or two. I’ll never know what I missed!

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  • brian flynn
  • 12-06-22

Informative, enjoyable read

Well done, concise.
Covers 500 years of Irish history in a balanced, concise manner.
An important read for all, especially Irish emigrants around the world.