Ireland: The Union and its Aftermath.
MacDONAGH, Oliver (Introduction by W. J. McCormack).
University College Dublin Press, 2003 (reprint). xxii, 209 pages. Paperback.
Oliver MacDonagh described the first version of 'Ireland: The Union and its Aftermath', published in 1968, as 'a very small book with very large themes'. The book rapidly reached the status of a classic and remains a thought provoking survey of the history of Ireland from the Act of Union of 1800 until modern times. MacDonagh regarded the Act of Union as the most important single factor in shaping Ireland as a nation in the modern world. Although subordination to Britain had influenced Irish development before 1800, it took a rapidly different form under the Act of Union: 'The experience of being assimilated by, and resisting assimilation into, a powerful and alien empire - perhaps the master culture of the nineteenth century - was truly traumatic.' For the second edition, published in 1977, which is reprinted here with a new introduction by W. J. McCormack, MacDonagh included a chapter on the period 1968-73. taking account of the early years of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Oliver MacDonagh (1924-2002) was born in Cork and had a distinguished academic career in Ireland, Britain and Australia, retiring as Professor of History from the Australian National University, Canberra, in 1977. (reprint).
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