Monday Books: An Authoritative Guide to the History of Ireland; Oxford Companion to Irish History, Edited by SJ Connolly. Published by Oxford University Press. Pounds 25
Byline: Daphne Abernethy
THE history of Ireland has long been a topic at the forefront of debate and one that continues to raise emotions and inspire much dispute.
It is astonishing that such a small area of land has had one of the most controversial, yet fascinating, histories of any country in the world.
Interest in Irish culture, politics and society, both ancient and modern, never seems to falter, not only in scholarly circles but also among the general public.
With over 1,800 entries, the Oxford Companion to Irish History, now in its second edition, continues to offer a comprehensive and authoritative guide to all aspects of the Irish past, from earliest times to the present day.
While covering influential figures, such as Michael Collins, organisations and events, the subjects of dress, music, sport and diet are also addressed.
Traditional topics such as the rebellion of 1798 and the civil war in the south sit alongside entries on newly-developing areas such as women's history and popular culture.
The editor, Sean Connolly - Professor of Irish history at the School of Modern History, Queen's University, Belfast - with the help of the existing 87 contributors and a small number of new contributors, has updated and revised the text to take into account recent research and events. …