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A list of key readings about Ireland (state).
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  • Brady, Ciaran, ed. The Encyclopedia of Ireland: An A-Z Guide to Its People, Places, History, and Culture. Oxford U. Press, 2000. 390 pp.
  • Foley, J. Anthony and Stephen Lalor (ed), Gill & Macmillan Annotated Constitution of Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 1995) (ISBN 0-7171-2276-X)
  • Ruckenstein, Lelia and O'Malley, James A. Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People, and Places of Ireland from A-Z. Ballantine, 2003. 496 pp.
  • OECD Information Technology Outlook 2004
  • Lalor, Brian. (ed), The Encyclopedia of Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 2003) (ISBN 9780717130009)


Reference and surveys

  • Bottigheimer, Karl S. Ireland and the Irish: A Short History. Columbia U. Press, 1982. 301 pp.
  • Canny, Nicholas. From Reformation to Restoration: Ireland, 1534-1660 (Dublin, 1987)
  • Connolly, S. J. ed. The Oxford Companion to Irish History (1998) online edition
  • Cosgrove, Art. ed., A New History of Ireland, ii: Medieval Ireland, 1169-1534 Oxford U. Press 1987. 982 pp.
  • Donnelly, James S., ed. Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture. Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 1084 pp.
  • Edwards, Ruth Dudley. An Atlas of Irish History. 2d ed. Methuen, 1981. 286 pp.
  • Ellis, Steven G. Ireland in the Age of the Tudors 1447-1603. English Expansion and the End of Gaelic Rule (1998)
  • Fleming, N. C. and O'Day, Alan. The Longman Handbook of Modern Irish History since 1800. 2005. 808 pp.
  • Foster, R. F. Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (1988)
  • Foster, R. F., ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland. Oxford U. Press, 1989. 382 pp.
  • Fry, Peter and Fry, Fiona Somerset. A History of Ireland. Routledge, 1989. 366 pp.
  • Hachey, Thomas E., Joseph M. Hernon Jr., Lawrence J. McCaffrey; The Irish Experience: A Concise History M. E. Sharpe, 1996 online edition
  • Hickey, D. J. and Doherty, J. E. A Dictionary of Irish History since 1800. Barnes & Noble, 1980. 615 pp.
  • Jackson, Alvin. Ireland: 1798-1998 (1999)
  • Johnson, Paul. Ireland: Land of Troubles: A History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day. Holmes & Meier, 1982. 224 pp.
  • Lee, J. J. Ireland 1912-1985 (1989)
  • Lecky, W. E. H. A History of Ireland in the Eighteenth Century, 5 vols. (1892) vol 3 online
  • FSL Lyons, Ireland Since the Famine
  • Moody, T. W. and Vaughan, W. E., eds. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 4: Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 1691-1800. Oxford U. Press, 1986. 849 pp.
  • Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; and Byrne, F. J., eds. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 8: A Chronology of Irish History to 1976: A Companion to Irish History, Part 1. Oxford U. Press, 1982. 591 pp
  • Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; and Byrne, F. J., eds. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 9: Maps, Genealogies, Lists. A Companion to Irish History, Part 2. Oxford U. Press, 1984.
  • Newman, Peter R. Companion to Irish History, 1603-1921: From the Submission of Tyrone to Partition. Facts on File, 1991. 256 pp
  • Ranelagh, John O'Beirne. A Short History of Ireland. Cambridge U. Press, 1983. 272 pp.
  • Ranelagh, John. Ireland: An Illustrated History. Oxford U. Press, 1981. 267 pp.
  • Vaughan, W. E., ed. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 5: Ireland under the Union, I, 1801-70. Oxford U. Press, 1990. 839 pp.
  • Vaughan, W. E., ed. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 6: Ireland under the Union. Part 2: 1870-1921. Oxford U. Press, 1996. 957 pp.

Specialized studies

  • Bartlett, Thomas and Keith Jeffrey, eds. A Military History of Ireland (1996)
  • Boyce, D. George and Alan O’day. The Making of Modern Irish History: Revisionism and the Revisionist Controversy 1996 online edition
  • Cosgrove, Art. "The Writing of Irish Medieval History", I.H.S., xxvii (1990), 97-111
  • Cullen, L. M. The Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1600-1900 (Dublin, 1981)
  • Cunliffe, Barry et al., ed. The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish History. 320 pp.
  • Daly, Mary E. "The Irish Free State/ Éire/ Republic of Ireland/ Ireland: 'A Country by Any Other Name'?" Journal of British Studies 2007 46(1): 72-90. Issn: 0021-9371 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • de Paor, Liam. The Peoples of Ireland. From Pre-History to Modern Times (London, 1986)
  • Donnelly, J. S.. Jr., and Kerby A. Miller, eds. Irish Popular Culture (Dublin, 1999)
  • Foster, John Wilson and Chesney, Helena C. G., eds. Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History. Dublin: Lilliput, 1998. 658 pp
  • Graham, B. J. and L. J. Proudfoot, eds. An Historical Geography of Ireland(1993)
  • Hayes, Alan and Urquhart, Diane, eds. Irish Women's History.

Dublin: Irish Acadamy Press, 2004. 240 pp.

  • Hill, Jacqueline R. "Popery and Protestantism, Civil and Religious Liberty: The Disputed Lessons of Irish History 1690-1812", Past and Present, 118 (1988), 96-129 fulltext in JSTOR
  • Kinealy, Christine. The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 (Dublin, 1994)
  • Kreilkamp, Vera, ed. Eire/Land (2003), environmental history
  • Luddy, Maria. Women in Ireland, 1800-1918: A Documentary History. Cork U. Press, 1995. 356 pp.
  • Mokyr, Joel. Why Ireland Starved: A Quantitative and Analytical History of the Irish Economy, 1800-1850. Allen & Unwin, 1983. 330 pp. online edition
  • ÓGráda, Cormac. Ireland: A New Economic History, 1780-1939. Oxford U. Press, 1994. 536 pp.
  • ÓGráda, Cormac. Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy, and Memory. Princeton U. Press, 1999. 272 pp.
  • Alan J. Ward, The Irish Constitutional Tradition: Responsible Government and Modern Ireland 1782–1992 (Irish Academic Press, 1994) (ISBN 0-7165-2528-3)
  • Bunreacht na hÉireann (the 1937 constitution) PDF version


  • Adamson, Ian. The Identity of Ulster, 2nd edition (Belfast, 1987)
  • Jonathan Bardon, A History of Ulster ( Belfast, 1992.)
  • Bew, Paul, Peter Gibbon and Henry Patterson, Northern Ireland 1921-1994: Political Forces and Social Classes (1995)
  • Claran Brady, Mary O'Dowd and Brian Walker, eds. Ulster: An Illustrated History (1989)
  • Patrick Buckland, A History of Northern Ireland (Dublin, 1981)
  • Elliott, Marianne. The Catholics of Ulster: A History. Basic Books. 2001. online edition
  • Farrell, Michael. Northern Ireland: The Orange State, 2nd edition (London, 1980)
  • Henessy, Thomas. A History of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996. St. Martin's, 1998. 365 pp.


  • Brown, Terence. Ireland: A Social and Cultural History, 1922 to the Present. Cornell U. Press, 1985. 310 pp.
  • Cahalan, James M. The Irish Novel: A Critical History. Twayne, 1988. 365 pp.
  • Cleary, Joe and Connolly, Claire, eds. The Cambridge Guide to Modern Irish Culture. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. 363 pp.
  • Deane, Seamus. A Short History of Irish Literature. U. of Notre Dame Press, 1986. 282 pp.
  • Duddy, Thomas. A History of Irish Thought Routledge, 2002 online edition
  • Flynn, Arthur. The Story of Irish Film. Blackrock, Ireland: Currach, 2006. 328 pp.
  • Gonzalez, Alexander G. Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook Greenwood Press, 1997 online edition
  • Kiberd, Declan. The Irish Writer and the World.

Cambridge U. Press, 2005. 331 pp.

  • McHugh, Roger and Harmon, Maurice. Short History of Anglo-Irish Literature from Its Origins to the Present Day. Barnes & Noble, 1982. 377 pp.
  • Mercier, Vivian, and Eilís Dillon. Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders Clarendon Press, 1994 online edition
  • Morash, Christopher. A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000. Cambridge U. Press, 2002. 322 pp.
  • Murphy, James H. Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791-1891. Blackrock, Ireland: Four Courts Pr., 2003. 224 pp.
  • ÓhÓgáin, Dáithí. The Lore of Ireland: An Encyclopedia of Myth, Legend, and Romance. Rochester, N.Y.: Boydell, 2006. 531 pp.
  • Pierce, David. Light, Freedom, and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing. Yale U. Press, 2006. 350 pp.
  • Yeats, W. B. A Book of Irish Verse Routledge, 2002 online edition