First published in 1980, Ireland: Land of Troubles is a fascinating and eminently readable account of Ireland’s history from the twelfth century which gives a valuable insight into her twentieth century Troubles. Ireland is a country which has produced examples of the finest flowering of Western culture but also witnessed centuries of turbulence and bloodshed. From the first establishment of an English presence around Dublin in the twelfth century, Ireland’s turbulence has been responsible for wrecking the reputations and destroying the causes of Richard II, the Earl of Essex, Charles I and James II and a host of Lords Lieutenant and Ministers, but no one could get to the heart of the ‘Irish problem.’ And the great famine and depopulation of Ireland in the nineteenth century, when four million of her people emigrated – many to America – gave a boost to Irish nationalism and the struggle for Home Rule, culminating eventually in Partition and the continuing Troubles. The author combines his account of Ireland’s history with a penetrating insight into the rise of the Anglo-Irish Establishment and the cultural and religious divides which form an integral part of his story. This book will be of interest to students of history, political science, war studies, ethno-nationalism and internal security.

1. Gaelic Ireland and the English Pale 2. Conquest and Plantation 3. From Cromwell to the Boyne 4. Rebellion and Union 5. Famine and Diaspora 6. Ascendancy Culture 7. Home Rule and the Land 8. Ulster Resists, Dublin Rises 9. Freedom and Partition 10. From Revolt to Stalemate Epilogue Sources Index