Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Irish History: Fascinating Snippets of Irish History from the Ice Age to the Peace Process
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A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes was a truly enjoyable read both before our trip and again afterwards. The pre-trip reading helped set the scene and helped expand upon the facts received during the trip. The post-trip read helped to complete the pieces of the jigsaw missed and certainly helped to reinforce the wonderful experience and history of Ireland. An easy read which is clear and concise, I would highly recommend the book to anyone travelling to Ireland or wanting to expand their knowledge on the history of this beautiful country.
I haven't quite finished this book but can tell you it's brilliant. Fantastic detail but never boring. Even includes some first-person accounts of historical events from centuries ago which really bring them alive. If anyone thinks the current 'Border' issue only started recently, read this book and you'll rethink everything you ever thought about Ireland as well as everything you ever thought about Ireland and its relationship with England. It's a wonder they don't stop every English person at their sea ports and airports and refuse to let us in! It's very grim in places but I'm so glad I found this book. The bite-sized 'chapters' or episodes, which are so thoroughly researched and so well written and accessible, make it very readable and I've learnt so much. Outstanding and well worth reading.
I wanted to gain an understanding of the political evolution of Ireland and the forces that drove that turmoil through the years without having a nationalistic or unionist agenda under scoring the story. It gave good insights into how a population of Presbyterians and Catholics saw themselves as Irish and strove to establish a political mandate before politics in England unleashed forces that torn them apart and have maintained those divisions to this day. Many uncomfortable truths in this book for our main societal groups.
This is a wonderful book covering a vast amount of time and providing loads of information. The origin of the book as a 250 programme series of 5 minute talks on BBC Northern Ireland makes each chapter brief and to the point and easily read. My only reservation about it is that Mr Bardon seems to have a leaning towards "the native Irish" whoever they may have been - the Hiberni I presume -though he does indicate that the Celts probably came from Central Europe, ancient migrants indeed. Also, at the end he seems to indicate that the trouble in Ulster is religious conflict. This reinforces the frequent media mistake of describing it in the terms of Catholic versus Protestant, when it has equally been about two different political viewpoints, as well as about land. Anyone reading this book will be greatly enriched by the experience and undoubtedly will be better informed.
As a Northern Irish Protestant, this book has been a relevation since I was not taught any Irish history at school. Bardon is an excellent narrative historian and this book never had a dull moment. Gripping stories. I feel I know myself better and where I fit into my country. This book is brilliant - read it.
Very interesting insight into why Ireland is Ireland. Growing up in the 70’s I never understood why there was an Ireland and a Northern Ireland, and why all the troubles were happening. This book gives a clear picture of the major events that made Ireland what it is today and makes me want to delve deeper into the historical events that this book touches.
I purchased this book for my dad for fathers day. He absolutely loved this book and although he felt he had a good grasp around Irish history he states he found much more information than he expected. For anybody interested in Irish history this book is a great read.
I purchased this book as I had heard of the radio episodes. It is well written and because it is broken down into separate chapters it makes fine reading. It also gives one a good basis for further personal research into various episodes. I recommend it as an excellent starting point.
Loved reading the book. No laborious text. Each chapter can be read separately outside of the overall context of the book. Also places the historical events within the greater Britiah and European historical contexts. One theme that struck me: was it worth Britain's while to conquer Ireland, give the outsized influence that Ireland in turn had on British politics, the current Brexit impasse notwithstanding?