In this innovative work, Alan Ward uses the pivotal event in twentieth-century Irish history as a prism through which to survey Irish history from the twelfth century to the present. By asking why the Easter Rising occurred, Ward is able to review the history of Anglo Irish relations, from the time of Norman settlement to World War I, as well as the development of several kinds of Irish nationalism in the nineteenth century. Then, by asking what the effects of the Rising have been, Ward discusses the Irish war of independence, the creation of the Irish Free State, and the Irish civil war, pondering the influence of the various strands of Irish nationalism on the modern state. Finally, the book reviews the conflict in Northern Ireland from the 1960s all the way to the fall of 2002, making this distinctive and analysis ideal for use as a core text in Irish history or superb supplementary reading for survey courses in British, European, and World History.
Alan J. Ward is the Class of 1935 Professor of Governmentat the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a pastpresident of the American Conference for Irish Studies and seniorfellow in the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen s University,Belfast. His books on Irish history and government includeIreland and Anglo-American Relations, 1899-1921 (1969) andThe Irish Constitutional Tradition: Responsible Government andModern Ireland, 1782-1992 (1994).