An Irish History of Civilization

An Irish History of Civilization

Volume 1

eBook - 2005
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McGill Queens Univ Pr
History is our true novel, says Roy Foster, Ireland's leading historian. In An Irish History of Civilization, the world's foremost scholar of the Irish diaspora, Don Akenson, fuses history and fiction into an iconoclastic narrative of a people and their influence around the globe.
In a sprawling chronicle of civilization through Irish eyes, Akenson takes us from St Patrick to Woodie Guthrie, from Constantine to John F. Kennedy, from India to the Australian outback. In two volumes of masterful storytelling he creates ironic, playful, and acerbic historical miniatures - a quixotic series of reconstructions woven into a helix in which the same historical figures reappear in radically different contexts as their narratives intersect with the larger picture.

Book News
Employing a novelistic and impressionistic style that bears some similarity to Eduardo Galeano's multi-volume history of the Americas, Memory of Fire (which is alluded to in the dedication), Akenson (history, Queen's U., UK) presents a history of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora from the beginning of the Christian era to the late 20th century, although this volume, containing the first two "books" of four, only reaches to 1845. In this reconstruction of Irish history, naturally enough, much of the material is concerned with the Irish religious experience and with Irish involvement in the British Empire. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Montrâeal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780773572836
Characteristics: 1 online resource (828 pages)
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