The Unhappy the Land : The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish? **This book is a print on demand book and can take up to two weeks to arrive with you.**
**This book is a print on demand book and can take up to two weeks to arrive with you.**
Liam Kennedy's seminal work poses fundamental questions about the social and political history of Ireland. It challenges us to re-think many of our comfortable, even comforting beliefs about the past. Was the Irish historical experience really uniquely painful? Is it true that war, revolution and oppression were more commonplace than in other European societies? What of other images of victimhood, including depictions of the Great Famine as the Irish Holocaust? These, as well as related claims about the Irish language, emigration and ethnic purity, are subjected to detailed critical scrutiny, and found wanting. Unhappy the Land is an revolutionary re-assessment of the making of modern Ireland and its mythological past.