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April 2009


Ireland: The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006

by Paul Bew

Large Format Paperback; 22 Euro / 30 USD / 15 UK; 612 pages


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Bew has achieved a tour de force of historical interpretation in this work. The virtues of historical scholarship and stylish exposition, which have marked the best of Bew's work from the very outset, are here in abundance...He has written an absorbing, engaged, immensely learned and passionately argued interpretation of the last two centuries of political conflict in Ireland...an important book... Gearoid Tuathaigh Galway Archaeological and Historical Society

Review Quotes:

"It is without doubt the most reasonable, up to date, rational, liberal and accommodationist unionist history."--Brendan O'Leary, Dublin Review of Books

"Explores his chosen themes with originality, iconoclasm and a range of unexpected quotations."--Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

"Remarkable, formidably researched and fluently written."--Times Literary Supplement

"A remarkable survey."--Diarmaid Ferriter,Irish Times

"Finely nuanced history. Bew brings enormous authority to the subject."--Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Times

"An historian of note and a distinguished commentator on the politics of modern Ireland; this study confirms his analytical skills."--Edward Norman, Literary Review

"Bew is a master of elegant and pithy prose. Ireland: The Politics of Enmity is unfailingly absorbing."--Peter Hart, The Irish Times

"Absorbing reading for all who are interested in Irish-British history."--Morning Star

"The book is dense yet easy to read."--Edward Norman, Literary News

"Paul Bew's book reconstructs the way that the language of hatred has been employed in Irish history; it also gestures towards much in politics that has been said or forgotten."--London Review of Books


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