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Jiving At the Crossroads
Jiving At the Crossroads
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 1848271271

In 1991, Ireland was in the midst of a devastating recession; thousands of young Irish men & women had emigrated over the previous decade, & divisive social & moral debates on abortion & divorce had rocked Irish society. This text questions the notion of modern Irish identity, & examines the tensions at the heart of the Irish psyche.

The World of the Celts
The World of the Celts
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500050678

"The whole race...is madly fond of war, high-spirited and quick to battle...and on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their own side but their own strength and courage" - Strabo, first century BC. Warlike, flamboyant, courageous - the ancient Celts had a fearsome reputation, even among the bellicose Romans. For 500 years they dominated the barbarian lands north of the Alps, before being largely absorbed into the Roman Empire. But Celtic culture survived and achieved a glorious flowering in the post-Roman, early Christian era. Today Celtic influence can be found everywhere, in arts and crafts, in legends, in placenames and even in the languages we speak. In this new introduction to the world of the Celts, Simon James looks at all aspects of their history. Individual sections chart their rise, their way of life from farming to feasting, their wars, their gods, and their superb craftsmanship. Also highlighted are the hitherto neglected subject of Celtic life under Roman rule and persistent traditions that led to the Celtic renaissance in Ireland after AD 400. Original features include the latest discoveries; extracts from classical authors; illustrated retellings of the most famous myths and legends; tables of comparative information; diagrams, maps and site plans. The Celts once held sway over much of Europe, from Caledonia to Asia Minor. Here is the whole story of this immensely inventive and influential people.

Delane's War: How Front-Line Reports from the Crimean War Brought Down the British Government
Delane's War
How Front-Line Reports from the Crimean War Brought Down the British Government
Hardcover      ISBN: 1849540128

One hundred and fifty years ago a British government sent an ill-prepared, poorly equipped army to war in a foreign land. What's changed? This is the story of how John Delane, editor of The Times, brought about the resignation of the entire cabinet of the British government over its conduct of the Crimean War.

Civilizing Ireland: Ordnance Survey 1824-1842 Ethnography, Cartography, Translation
Civilizing Ireland
Ordnance Survey 1824-1842 Ethnography, Cartography, Translation
Paperback      ISBN: 0716528819

A unique contemporary analysis of the huge imperial mapping project of the British Government in nineteenth century Ireland, which describes as well as re-interprets the value of science and modernity as practiced by the British empire. The book raises questions about representation and academic discourses and highlights and interprets colonial techniques of observation and description. The nature of "evidence" within colonial archive is also questioned. Focussing on the main aspects of the survey from a contemporary theoretical perspective it both enlivens the original documents and serves as a sensitive critique of it. The main themes are ethnographic description, translation and cartography and the relationship between them in the nineteenth century. Central to this is the emerging 'view' of Ireland and the Irish and the idea of the project as representative of early Irish ethnography. The book contains new findings in relation to renowned scholars such as John O'Donovan and re-engages with the Friel.vs Andrews debate on 'Translation and Irish Culture' The book should be of wide interest to folklorists, cultural sociologists, geographers, historians, ethnologists, cultural studies, Irish language scholars and the general reader with an interest in Ireland.

Philomena (Movie Tie-In): A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search
Philomena (Movie Tie-In)
A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search
Paperback      ISBN: 0143124722
New York Times Bestseller

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and nominated for four Academy Awards: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman." Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena's son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.

A gripping expos told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel
Jonathan Swift
The Reluctant Rebel
Hardcover      ISBN: 039323942x

One of Europe's most important literary figures, Jonathan Swift was also an inspired humorist, a beloved companion, and a conscientious Anglican minister--as well as a hoaxer and a teller of tales. His anger against abuses of power would produce the most famous satires of the English language: Gulliver's Travels as well as the Drapier Papers and the unparalleled Modest Proposal, in which he imagined the poor of Ireland farming their infants for the tables of wealthy colonists.

John Stubbs's biography captures the dirt and beauty of a world that Swift both scorned and sought to amend. It follows Swift through his many battles, for and against authority, and in his many contradictions, as a priest who sought to uphold the dogma of his church; as a man who was quite prepared to defy convention, not least in his unshakable attachment to an unmarried woman, his "Stella"; and as a writer whose vision showed that no single creed holds all the answers.

Impeccably researched and beautifully told, in Jonathan Swift Stubbs has found the perfect subject for this masterfully told biography of a reluctant rebel--a voice of withering disenchantment unrivaled in English.

Insight Guides Explore Ireland (Travel Guide with Free Ebook)
Insight Guides Explore Ireland (Travel Guide with Free Ebook)
Paperback      ISBN: 1786716089

From its lively capital, Dublin, to vast swathes of remote wilderness, Ireland will surprise and delight in equal measure. Insight Guide Explore Ireland is the ideal pocket companion for your trip: a full-colour guide containing 16 easy-to-follow routes around Ireland.

Inside Explore Ireland:
Discover Ireland's epic natural attractions, including the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the peculiar limestone Burren.
Experience the historic and modern marvels of Dublin, Ireland's charming and vibrant capital city.
Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Ireland's cuisine, entertainment options, wealth of activities on offer and key historical dates.
Our recommended places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route, with even more suggestions in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of useful practical information including a range of carefully selected accommodation to suit all budgets.
Pull-out map with useful plotted routes.
Evocative photography captures Ireland's stunning green scenery.

About Insight Guides Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

The Ira: A History
The Ira
A History
Paperback      ISBN: 1879373998

An expert on Irish affairs presents a history of the Irish Republican Army, discussing the historical origins of contemporary issues, its role in the 1916 rebellion, and its modern-day activities

Exploring the Book of Kells
Exploring the Book of Kells
Hardcover      ISBN: 0862781795

Traces the history of the Book of Kells, and discusses the special meaning of the manuscript.

In Search of Ireland's Heroes: The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day
In Search of Ireland's Heroes
The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day
Paperback      ISBN: 1566637562

In In Search of Ancient Ireland, published by Ivan R. Dee in 2002, Carmel McCaffrey traced the history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to the Norman invasion. Now, in an engaging sequel, Ms. McCaffrey tells the story of the struggle between English and Irish aspirations in the centuries since the first English incursions into Ireland in the twelfth century. This is a narrative history filled with powerful personalities and families who fought in battle and through constitutional means to free Ireland from English control. With an extensive use of original sources-letters, personal accounts, and parliamentary documents-Ms. McCaffrey brings these individuals to life and tells their story. We meet the intrepid O'Neills, the colorful O'Donnells, the wily Fitzgeralds, and many others whose passion for freedom and for Ireland could not be conquered. The Irish, as the book recounts, struggled over many generations to hold on to ancient lands only to lose their fight in the Elizabethan wars. In the early 1600s the ancient Irish Brehon laws were extinguished, and it seemed as if the Gaelic past had been washed from memory. Yet the story of Irish determination did not end there. Other generations took up the effort to establish an Irish parliament free of English control that would answer the needs of all citizens. To this stirring history Ms. McCaffrey brings the same adroitness that prompted Terry Golway of the New York Observer to call her first book "marvelous...fine storytelling and analysis." With 25 black-and-white photographs and a map.