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The Irish century
MacCarthy-Morrogh, Michael.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassellpaperbacks, 2002.

Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 31 cm
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Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.

The Hulton Getty Picture Collection.
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DA959 .M32 1998C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The defining moments of Irish history illustrated with extended commentaries. The complex strands of Irish history are given physical expression: the main protagonists from the mid 1850s to 1910 were the Unionists comprising the old protestant ascendancy and the Northerners, and secondly, the Nationalists, both physical force men and constitutionalists. Each grouping has formed and reformed, declined in influence or extended it's constituency over the subsequent century to give an enduring shape to Irish politics. Major personalities, events, crises and triumphs are documented in this book not just in the field of politics but also in art and culture, sport and the traditions of the countryside.

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Library Journal Review

Citing the Hulton Getty photo collection as inspiration, Morrogh (history, Shrewsbury Sch.; The Politics Game; The Munster Plantation) added photos from other sources to produce an unsentimental black-and-white photo history of Ireland's 20th century. His text reflects philosophical bitterness over the terms of peace currently being worked out and their similarity to terms dismissed by Ulster in 1973, but the reason to buy this book is for its photographs. Some are ordinary but many are provocative: a battering ram set up to break down the door of a cottage past-due in rent and a harried Scottish soldier escaping a skirmish near Dublin capture a sense of action, compared to the still lifes and posed portraits. The Meath Hunt Ball's wet napkin throw and young couples dancing in a crossroads in western Ireland there being nowhere better to dance also remind us of the class distinctions. Shots of Roddy Doyle, Brian Friel, Sinead O'Connor, the Corrs, and U2 polish off the cultural component. This book reprints photos worth seeing with some bitter commentary about a nation overdue for change. Recommended for public collections and worth considering for academia. Robert Moore, Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, Billerica, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.