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From St. Patrick’s confession to the harrowing reports of the Famine Relief Commission, the dramatic Proclamation of the Republic and the controversial 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty, and the road to peace and the Good Friday agreement, the most momentous and stirring documents in the history of Ireland are collected here. Presented chronologically, and embellished with images of the actual documents alongside transcripts of the key passages, each document is preceded by an introduction placing the text in its historical context and explaining its significance. From early chapters showing the efforts of British monarchs and governments to establish their authority and the efforts of Irishmen to resist, to documents recording the creation of the newly independent Irish state, to documents that have helped create the Irish national identity, these are gripping snapshots of their times.
Richard Aldous contributes to the Irish Times and is the author of The Lion and the Unicorn. Niamh Puirseil is a historian and the author of The Irish Labour Party 192273. Fintan O'Toole is the author of Shakespeare is Hard but So is Life and White Savage.
"Aldous's smooth pacing and adroit writing bring a forgotten world back to life." —Publishers Weekly on The Lion and the Unicorn"A superbly written chronicle that explains much about these men and the political development of nineteenth-century Britain." —Booklist on The Lion and the Unicorn