The Irish Difference (Hardback)
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The Irish Difference (Hardback)

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With authority and wit, Tobin analyses why Ireland broke away from the British Isles with such passion and violence whilst England, Scotland and Wales have remained together through challenging times.

For hundreds of years, the islands and their constituent tribes that make up the British Isles have lived next door to each other in a manner that, over time, suggested some movement towards political union. It was an uneven, stop-start business and it worked better in some places than in others. Still, England, Wales and Scotland have hung together through thick and thin, despite internal divisions of language, religion, law, culture and disposition that might have broken up a less resilient polity. And, for a long time, it seemed that something similar might have been said about the smaller island to the west: Ireland.

Ireland was always a more awkward fit in the London-centric mini-imperium but no one imagined that it might detach itself altogether, until the moment came for rupture, quite suddenly and dramatically, in the fall-out from World War I. So, what was it - is it - about Ireland that is so different? Different enough to sever historical ties of centuries with such sudden violence and unapologetic efficiency. Wherein lies the Irish difference, a difference sufficient to have caused a rupture of that nature?

In a wide-ranging and witty narrative, historian Fergal Tobin looks into Ireland's past, taking in everything from religion and politics to sports and literature, and traces the roots of her journey towards independence.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838952617
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 240 x 165 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


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[Tobin's] a beautiful writer, with a graceful prose style, and he takes a contemplative and nuanced approach to an incredibly tangled story... The beauty of this book is in the telling: The Irish Difference lays out its themes and chronologies with impeccable clarity, and is full of fascinating detail... Exemplary. * Irish Independent *
The Irish Difference marshals its arguments with a light touch and many witty asides, making for a consistently lively read. * Sunday Business Post *
A witty and entertaining gallop over Irish history. * The Irish Catholic *

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“Brilliant”

A great read. Both informative and funny. I would certainly recommend this to anyone

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“An informative read”

I really enjoyed this book and the history between the countries.

The book is informative and easy to read, I wish I had read as a buddy read as it would have been nice to have a discussion about it with someone as... More

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