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Reference and surveys

  • Bartlett, Thomas and Jeffery, Keith. A Military History of Ireland (1996) excerpt and online search from
  • Beckett, J.C. The making of Modern Ireland 1603-1923(1971)
  • Bew, Paul. Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006. (2007). 627 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-820555-5
  • Bottigheimer, Karl S. Ireland and the Irish: A Short History. (1982). 301 pp.
  • Canny, Nicholas. From Reformation to Restoration: Ireland, 1534-1660 (Dublin, 1987)
  • Charles-Edwards, T. M.Early Christian Ireland (2008) ISBN-13:9780521363952
  • Connolly, S. J. ed. The Oxford Companion to Irish History (1998) online edition also online at OUP
  • Cosgrove, Art. ed., A New History of Ireland, ii: Medieval Ireland, 1169-1534 Oxford U. Press 1987. 982 pp.
  • Cronin, Mike. A History of Ireland. Palgrave. 2001. online edition
  • Cullen, L. M. The Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1600-1900 (Dublin, 1981)
  • Ellis, Steven G. Ireland in the Age of the Tudors 1447-1603. English Expansion and the End of Gaelic Rule (1998)
  • Foster, R. F. Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (1988), standard scholarly survey excerpts and online search from
  • Foster, R. F., ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland. (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.
  • Hoppen, K. Theodore. Ireland since 1800: Conflict and Conformity (1999)
  • Jackson, Alvin. Ireland, 1798-1998: Politics and War (1999)
  • Jackson, Alvin. Home Rule: An Irish History, (2003).
  • 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.

Atlases and reference

  • Cunliffe, Barry et al., ed. The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish History. 320 pp.
  • Donnelly, James S., ed. Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture. Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 1084 pp.
  • Duffy, Sean. Atlas of Irish History (2nd ed 1997)
  • Edwards, Ruth Dudley. An Atlas of Irish History. 2d ed. Methuen, 1981. 286 pp.
  • Fleming, N. C. and O'Day, Alan. The Longman Handbook of Modern Irish History since 1800. 2005. 808 pp.
  • Graham, B. J. and L. J. Proudfoot, eds. An Historical Geography of Ireland(1993)

Specialized studies

  • Bartlett, Thomas and Keith Jeffrey, eds. A Military History of Ireland (1996)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kreilkamp, Vera, ed. Eire/Land (2003), environmental history
  • ÓGráda, Cormac. Ireland: A New Economic History, 1780-1939. Oxford U. Press, 1994. 536 pp.
  • Ward, Alan J. The Irish Constitutional Tradition: Responsible Government and Modern Ireland 1782–1992 (Irish Academic Press, 1994) (ISBN 0-7165-2528-3)


  • 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

Famine era

  • Kinealy, Christine. The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 (Dublin, 1994) excerpt and online search from
  • 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. excerpt and online search from
  • Vaughan, W. E., ed. A New History of Ireland. Vol. 5: Ireland under the Union, I, 1801-70. Oxford U. Press, 1990. 839 pp.
  • Woodham-Smith, Cecil Blanche Fitzgerald. The Great Hunger: Ireland: 1845-1849 (1992) excerpt and online search from

Since 1916

  • Bell, J. Bowyer. The Secret Army: The IRA, 1916-1979. 2nd ed (1980). 481 pp.
  • Brown, Terence. Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-2001 (2nd ed. 2004) 514pp
  • Coogan, Tim Pat. The Man Who Made Ireland: The Life and Death of Michael Collins. Roberts Rinehart, 1992. 510 pp.
  • Coogan, Tim Pat. De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow (London, 1993).
  • Costello, Francis Joseph. "The Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921: A Reappraisal." PhD dissertation Boston Coll. 1992. 425 pp. DAI 1993 53(9): 3338-A. DA9301731 Online at Proquest
  • Ferriter, Diarmaid. The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2nd ed. 2005) 896pp; excerpt and text search
  • Foster, R. F. Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970 (2008), 227pp
  • Geraghty, Tony. The Irish War: The Hidden Conflict between the IRA and British Intelligence. Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2000. 444 pp.
  • Hart, Peter M. The I.R.A. and Its Enemies: Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923 Clarendon Press, 1999 350pp online edition
  • Hart, Peter M. "The Social Structure of the Irish Republican Army, 1916-1923." Historical Journal 1999 42(1): 207-231. Fulltext: in Jstor
  • Hart, Peter. The I.R.A. at War, 1916-1923. Oxford U. Press, 2004. 280 pp.
  • Hart, Peter. "The Geography of Revolution in Ireland 1917-1923," Past and Present, No. 155 (May, 1997), pp. 142-176 online at JSTOR
  • Kautt, William H. The Anglo-Irish War, 1916-1921: A People's War Praeger Publishers, 1999 online edition
  • Powell, Benjamin. "Economic Freedom and Growth: The Case of the Celtic Tiger," The Cato Journal, Vol. 22, 2003 online edition
  • Townsend, Charles. "The Irish Republican Army and the Development of Guerrilla Warfare, 1916-1921." English Historical Review 1979 94(371): 318-345. Issn: 0013-8266 Fulltext: in Jstor
  • Walsh, Oonagh. Ireland's Independence, 1880-1923 Routledge, 2002 online edition


see also Northern Ireland

  • Adamson, Ian. The Identity of Ulster, 2nd edition (Belfast, 1987)
  • Arthur, Paul. Government and Politics of Northern Ireland
  • Bardon, Jonathan. A History of Ulster (Belfast, 1992)
  • Bew, Paul, Peter Gibbon and Henry Patterson, Northern Ireland 1921-1994: Political Forces and Social Classes (1995)
  • Bew, Paul. Ideology and the Irish Question: Ulster Unionism and Irish Nationalism 1912-1916 (1998) excerpt and online search from
  • Brady, Claran, Mary O'Dowd and Brian Walker, eds. Ulster: An Illustrated History (1989)
  • Elliott, Marianne. The Catholics of Ulster: A History. (2001). online edition
  • Farrell, Michael. Northern Ireland: The Orange State, 2nd edition (1980)
  • Henessy, Thomas. A History of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996. (1998). 365 pp.
  • Mitchel, Patrick. Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998 (2003) excerpt and online search from
  • Hostettler, John. Sir Edward Carson: A Dream Too Far (1997)

Historiography and memory

  • Boyce, D. George and Alan O’Day, eds. The Making of Modern Irish History: Revisionism and the Revisionist Controversy 1996 online edition excerpt and online search from
  • Bradshaw, Brendan. "Nationalism and historical scholarship in modern Ireland", Irish Historical Studies, 26 (1989), pp. 329–51 at pp. 340–1.
  • Brady, Ciaran, ed. Interpreting Irish history: the debate on historical revisionism, 1938–1994 (Dublin, 1994)
  • Cairns, David, and Shaun Richards. Writing Ireland: Colonialism, Nationalism and Culture (1988)
  • Canny, Nicholas. "Writing Early Modern History: Ireland, Britain, and the Wider World," The Historical Journal 46 (2003): 723–47
  • Cleary, Joe. "Amongst Empires: A Short History of Ireland and Empire Studies in International Context," Éire-Ireland Volume 42:1&2, Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 11-57 in Project Muse
  • Cosgrove, Art. "The Writing of Irish Medieval History", I.H.S., xxvii (1990), 97-111
  • Curtis, L. P. "The greening of Irish history", Eire/Ireland, 29 (1994), pp. 7–28.
  • 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
  • Deane, Seamus. Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing Since 1790 (1997).
  • Foster, Roy, ed. The Irish story: telling tales and making it up in Ireland (2001)
  • Foster, Roy. "Something to hate: intimate enmities in Irish history", Irish Review, 30 (2003), pp. 1–12.
  • Graham, Colin, and Glenn Hooper, eds. Irish and Postcolonial Writing: History, Theory, Practice (2002).
  • Harkness, David. "Ireland" in Robin W. Winks, ed., Historiography, Vol. 5, in Louis, ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire (2003), 114–33;
  • Kiberd, Declan. Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation (1995)
  • Lee, Joseph. "Irish History," in N. Buttimer, C. Rynne, and H. Guerin, eds., The Heritage of Ireland (Cork: Collins, 2000), 114–36.
  • Regan, John M. "Southern Irish Nationalism as a Historical Problem," The Historical Journal (2007), 50: 197-223 online at CJO
  • Townshend, Charles. "Historiography: the telling of the Irish revolution", in Joost Augusteign, ed., The Irish revolution, 1913–1923 (Basingstoke, 2002)

Primary sources

  • Edwards, R. W. Dudley, and Mary O'Dowd, eds. Sources for Modern Irish History 1534-1641 (2003)
  • Luddy, Maria. Women in Ireland, 1800-1918: A Documentary History. Cork U. Press, 1995. 356 pp.