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#1 dscxx

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 05:29 PM

I am studying irish history from 1900-25 and am finding it really difficult to find a text book/source that helps me to understand this course. the textbook i have by Russell Rees is difficult to read and I was wondering if there were any other sources that could help me as im destined to fail!

#2 MrJohnDClare

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:40 PM

Sorry - beyond my expertise. :blush:
I will ask if anyone can help on the History Teachers' Forum - look back in in a couple of days to see if anyone has responded.
Let's hope!

#3 pjdscott

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:28 AM

The standard Irish historical textbook for the period 1850-1970s is _Ireland since the famine_ by F.S.L. Lyons. While not exactly 'light' reading, it does provide a detailed and concise account of your period (over about 150 pages). I'm sure there are other books but as a (school) student I found this the best.

You might also check the Irish Dept. of Education's History Syllabus for a nice framework, etc:


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#4 reggy5

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:43 PM

I would also agree with the Lyons suggestion.

I also liked Modern Ireland 1600 - 1972 by R F Foster - i thought possibly better than Lyons. With regards to the failures of the Liberal government, i liked The Last Years of Liberal England by KWW Aikin which covers the home rule period.

Also some of ATQ Stewart's work was good too.

#5 MrJohnDClare

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:37 PM

Thanks - that kind of personal recommendation is always very useful.

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