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review 2015-04-04 20:07
Review: Ireland by Paul Johnson
Ireland: A History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day - Paul Johnson
I expected it to not go very in dept about any part of Ireland's history, since it's subtitle is "A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day".  I think this one was a little too concise.  I don't think I've read a history of a entire country before, even one that spans less than 1000 years.  The history books I read tend to focus on one point in time (like Elizabethan England) or one person (like Catherine the Great), so maybe this concise overview is standard.  

I did like the book, it was easy to read and didn't confuse me with a lot of dates.  I don't know that much about Irish history, so I felt a little lost at some points and that's the main reason that I'm a little annoyed with the whole concise thing.  I didn't really think about what that would really mean until I downloaded the audiobook and it was only 8 hours long!  I've read novels that have been longer than that!  

I feel a little unfair, since the subtitle should have been a give away, but it seemed like too much time span for such a short book.  It was a good general overview, but I still feel a little cheated, somehow.
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review 2014-01-01 00:00
Scholars and Rebels: In Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Scholars and Rebels: In Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Terry Eagleton Eagleton manages to take an interesting topic and through postmodern academic masturbatory prose render it lifeless.
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review 2003-11-01 00:00
Ideology and Ireland in the 19th Century - Timothy P. Foley,Sean Ryder I haven't read every essay in this collection, but my favorites were Luke Gibbons' "Between Captain Rock and a Hard Place: Art and Agrarian Insurgency" and Niamh O'Sullivan's "Iron Cage of Femininity: Visual Representation of Women in 1800s Land Agitation."

Did you know that in the 19th century there was a "Ladies' Cage" in which women observing Commons were kept physically isolated? The cage restricted women from seeing or hearing everything that was going on, but conversely also gave them the freedom to discuss or sleep, which male observers were not permitted to do. Also, there were times when men who were not members of Commons had to withdraw, but this did not apply to women (presumably because the cage was off-limits to men so no one could enter to expel the women).

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