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Receiving widespread critical acclaim when first published, Ireland 1798-1998 has been revised to include coverage of the most recent developments. Jackson’s stylish and impartial interpretation continues to provide the most up-to-date and important survey of 200 years of Irish history.
  • A new edition of this highly acclaimed history of Ireland, reflecting both the very latest political developments and growth of scholarship
  • Jackson provides a balanced and authoritative account of the complex political history of modern Ireland
  • Draws on original research and extensive reading of the latest secondary literature
  • Jackson provides an impressive treatment of events coupled with flowing narrative, delivered analytically and elegantly


Alvin Jackson is Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously Professor of Modern Irish History at the Queen's University of Belfast, Lecturer in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin and John Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College. His earlier publications include The Ulster Party (1989), Colonel Edward Saunderson: Land and Loyalty in Victorian Ireland (1995) and Home Rule: An Irish History 1800-2000 (2003).


List of Plates.

List of Maps.


List of Abbreviations.

1 Introduction.

1.1 Ends of the Century.

1.2 Modes and Frameworks of Interpretation.

2 The Birth of Modern Irish Politics, 1790–8.

2.1 The Origins of the Crisis.

2.2 Constitutional Radicalism to Revolution, 1791–8.

3 Disuniting Kingdoms, Emancipating Catholics, 1799–1850.

3.1 The Union, 1799–1801.

3.2 The Catholic Question, 1799–1829.

3.3 Justice for Ireland, 1830–41.

3.4 Utilitarians and Romantics, 1841–8.

3.5 The Orange Party, 1798–1853.

4 The Ascendancy of the Land Question, 1845–91.

4.1 Guilty Men and the Great Famine.

4.2 Pivot or Accelerator?

4.3 Brigadiers and Fenians.

4.4 Home Rule: A First Definition.

4.5 Idealists and Technicians: The Parnellite Party, 1880–6.

4.6 A Union of Hearts and a Broken Marriage: Parnellism, 1886–91.

5 Greening the Red, White and Blue: The End of the Union,1891–1921.

5.1 The Irish Parliamentary Party, 1891–1914.

5.2 Paths to the Post Office: Alternatives to the Irish Parliamentary Party, 1891–1914.

5.3 The Parliamentarians and their Enemies, 1914–18.

5.4 Making and Unmaking Unionism, 1853–1921.

5.5 Other Men’s Wounds: The Troubles, 1919–21.

5.6 Trucileers, Staters and Irregulars.

6 'Three Quarters of a Nation Once Again': Independent Ireland.

6.1 Saorstát Éireann, 1922–32.

6.2 Manifest Destiny: De Valera’s Ireland, 1932–48.

6.3 Towards a Redefinition of the National Ideal, 1948–58.

6.4 The Age of Lemass, 1957–73.

7 Northern Ireland,1920–72: Specials, Peelers and Provos.

8 The Two Irelands,1973–98.

8.1 The Republic, 1973–98.

8.2 Northern Ireland, 1973–98.

9 Ireland in the New Millennium.

9.1 The Republic, 1998–2008.

9.2 Northern Ireland, 1998–2008.

9.3 The End of Irish History?




Select Bibliography.



"The book is a formidable achievement. Logically organised, lucidly presented and stylishly written, this is a first-class study that will enthrall all those interested in the history of Ireland in the modern period." Thomas Bartlett, University College Dublin<!--end-->

"In Dr. Jackson's book we have [a survey] of considerable breadth and flair... readers will find in it one of the most balanced and readable works on Irish political history to appear this decade." Marianne Elliott, University of Liverpool

"Alvin Jackson's Ireland 1798-1998 provides a well-informed and thought-provoking commentary on Irish history since the 1790s. The work shrewdly negotiates the differences between revisionist and anti-revisionist interpretations. Focussing mainly on the high politics of Irish nationalism and unionism, Jackson also illuminates the complexities of Anglo-Irish relations from the heyday of Wolfe Tone to the recent cycles of violence in Northern Ireland exercising moderation and balance throughout." L.P. Curtis, Brown University

"Alvin Jackson's Ireland 1798-1998 is a general history for the millenium: elegantly written, striving for a fierce impartiality, full of unexpected parallels and appositions." Roy Foster, New Statesman Books of the Year 1999

"Alvin Jackson offers an authoritative, reflective and refreshing analysis." Irish News

"Jackson presents a survey of modern Irish political history that is up-to-date and even-handed in its perspective ... An important contribution that belongs in all college libraries." CHOICE

"Jackson's measured and ironic approach is breath of fresh air. This book confirms his position in the leading rank of Irish historians." History

"Jackson's book will take its place amongst the most important, influential and highly regarded accounts of modern Irish history." OwenDudley Edwards, University of Edinburgh

"This is an outstanding book." New Hibernian Review

"A brief review cannot do justice to the richness and complexity of Ireland: 1798-1998. Jackson's gracefully written interpretations of events, forces and personalities are based upon an extensive reading of secondary sources and thoughtful, perceptive, and impartial judgements." Irish Studies Review

"Jackson' book cannot be bettered as the most up to date, comprehensive and readable account of the last 200 years." History Review

"A flowing narrative and sharp historical analysis ... Jackson is to be congratulated for producing a finely researched, well-written survey, which scholars, advanced under-graduates, and the general reader will find immensely informative and thought-provoking." Albion