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Irish History For Dummies por Mike Cronin
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Irish History For Dummies (edição 2006)

por Mike Cronin

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From Norman invaders, religious wars?and the struggle forindependence?the fascinating, turbulent history of a torturednation and its gifted people When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silversea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not onlyhas its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloodyCatholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland'sgreat voices?like Joyce and Yeats?are now indeliblypart of world literature. In Irish History For Dummies,readers will not only get a bird's-eye view of key historicalevents (Ten Turning Points) but, also, a detailed,chapter-by-chapter timeline of Irish history beginning with thefirst Stone Age farmers to the recent rise and fall of the Celtictiger economy. In the informal, friendly For Dummies style, the bookdetails historic highs like building an Irish Free State in the1920s?and devastating lows (including the Troubles in the'60s and '70s), as well as key figures (like MP Charles Parnell andPresident Eamon de Valera) central to the cause of Irishnationalism. The book also details historic artifacts, offbeatplaces, and little-known facts key to the life of Ireland past andpresent. Includes Ten Major Documents?including the Confession ofSt. Patrick, The Book of Kells, the Proclamation of the IrishRepublic, and Ulysses Lists Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World?includingIrish coffee, U.S. Presidents, the submarine, shorthand writing,and the hypodermic syringe Details Ten Great Irish Places to Visit?including Cobh,Irish National Stud and Museum, Giants Causeway, and Derry Includes an online cheat sheet that gives readers a robust andexpanded quick reference guide to relevant dates and historicalfigures Includes a Who's Who in Irish History section ondummies.com With a light-hearted touch, this informative guide sheds lighton how this ancient land has survived wars, invasions, uprisings,and emigration to forge a unique nation, renowned the world overfor its superb literature, music, and indomitable spirit.… (mais)
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Título:Irish History For Dummies
Autores:Mike Cronin
Informação:For Dummies (2006), Edition: 1, Paperback, 432 pages
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Die erfolgreiche Reihe "...für Dummies" wendet sich mit diesem Band einem historischen Thema zu. Kann das gut gehen? Umfangreiche Darstellungen mit zahlreichen eingefügten Textboxen und Zusammenfassungen und der bekannt "lockere" Ton?

Es klappt. An manchen Stellen stört mich der "lockere" Ton doch etwas. Aber der ist wohl dem Zeitgeist zuzuschreiben. Was wirklich fehlt sind Abbildungen. Doch die passen nicht in das Verlagskonzept. ( )
  Insregal | Jul 28, 2010 |
Ghastly mash up of anecdotal history, April 28, 2010
By Amy E. Henry (Nipomo, CA United States) - See all my reviews


This review is from: Irish History For Dummies (Paperback)
This was a subtext used in an anthropology class, and it is incredibly useless. There is no cohesive theme or element in the text: it jumps around in a flippant, jokey, childish tone (even cartoons) that minimizes the importance and relevance of what should be socially urgent information.

Time periods jumble around, the jargon is dumbed down to elementary school level, and too much attention is paid to small events rather than the pattern of the whole history.

Additionally, something is said by what is left out: only one obscure reference to the IRA? No discussion of "official" vs. "provisional" IRA? Minimal info on Ian Paisley, Michael Collins, the abstention policy,and the Ballymurphy Riots?

Incredibly disappointing and potentially dangerous... ( )
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From Norman invaders, religious wars?and the struggle forindependence?the fascinating, turbulent history of a torturednation and its gifted people When Shakespeare referred to England as a "jewel set in a silversea," he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not onlyhas its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloodyCatholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland'sgreat voices?like Joyce and Yeats?are now indeliblypart of world literature. In Irish History For Dummies,readers will not only get a bird's-eye view of key historicalevents (Ten Turning Points) but, also, a detailed,chapter-by-chapter timeline of Irish history beginning with thefirst Stone Age farmers to the recent rise and fall of the Celtictiger economy. In the informal, friendly For Dummies style, the bookdetails historic highs like building an Irish Free State in the1920s?and devastating lows (including the Troubles in the'60s and '70s), as well as key figures (like MP Charles Parnell andPresident Eamon de Valera) central to the cause of Irishnationalism. The book also details historic artifacts, offbeatplaces, and little-known facts key to the life of Ireland past andpresent. Includes Ten Major Documents?including the Confession ofSt. Patrick, The Book of Kells, the Proclamation of the IrishRepublic, and Ulysses Lists Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World?includingIrish coffee, U.S. Presidents, the submarine, shorthand writing,and the hypodermic syringe Details Ten Great Irish Places to Visit?including Cobh,Irish National Stud and Museum, Giants Causeway, and Derry Includes an online cheat sheet that gives readers a robust andexpanded quick reference guide to relevant dates and historicalfigures Includes a Who's Who in Irish History section ondummies.com With a light-hearted touch, this informative guide sheds lighton how this ancient land has survived wars, invasions, uprisings,and emigration to forge a unique nation, renowned the world overfor its superb literature, music, and indomitable spirit.

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