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History of Ulster [Hardcover]

Jonathan Bardon
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Aug. 1 2001 0856407038 978-0856407031 2nd Revised edition
A comprehensive account of Ulster, spanning nine thousand years of social, political and economic life.
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'It is an essential companion for the journalist, the politician, the professional academic and teacher, the analyst and commentator, and the general reader.' Maurice Hayes, Irish Independent. 'This is a book of breathtaking range - the fullest, fairest and most professional history ever written of this disputed part of Ireland.' Marianne Elliot, Fortnight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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JONATHAN BARDON was born in 1941 and educated at Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University. He has lived in Belfast since 1963, teaching history. His other publications include Belfast: 1000 Years (1985) , If You Ever Go To Dublin Town: A Historic Guide to the City's Street Names (1988) and Belfast: a century (1999). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Balanced History Feb. 29 2000
Format:Paperback
Though originally a bit daunted by the length of the book, it is a very fine history and covers a tremendous amount of material. Ancient Ulster and its settlement through the Elizabethan Plantation, the United Irishmen, the Great Famine, and right into the early 1990's are well researched and written in a wonderfully readable style. Mr. Bardon covers all nine counties of the province of Ulster, not just the six counties comprising Northern Ireland, giving the entire region its full due. The best single-volume history of any of the four provinces of Ireland I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding History March 25 2000
Format:Paperback
Although this is a work of history, Bardon has made the book very readable and highly interesting all the way through. It is a difficult and complicated subject, yet he is objective and balanced, especially in the years from 1969 through 1992. Research and attention to detail as well as some interesting maps all contribute to making this the one of the best available books on Ulster to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with tremendous range Oct. 21 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Bardon presents the history of Ulster in bite-size segments. Back in Belfast, I used to read a few subchapters a night--even skipping around between centuries and subjects, I've still learned plenty from this book. If you are really interested in Irish history/politics, get this book. But you may want the hardback edition. My 914-page paperback version hasn't reacted well to travel and frequent reference use. And the index is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive reference book Feb. 6 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a very comprehensive reference book, describing the history of Ulster from about 7000 BC to 1992 AD. Jonathan Bardon has put the emphasis on contemporary quotations, which give a good flavour of the events being described. Because the book is over 900 pages long, he is able to deal with subject material in a considerable detail - for example, 200 pages are devoted to the troubled years from 1969 to 1992.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of meaty goodness March 10 2012
By rja
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I knew some but certainly not all of this history. A very even-handed striving for a non-partisan overview is evident. Rich in detail, broad ranging, erudite and a colourful tale well told. The main weakness for me is that the author pre-supposes an intimate acquaintance on the readers part of the geography, topography and current place names of Ulster and so there is a paucity of maps aside from some 19C ones of the counties that are poor in detail if interesting in and of themselves. In future editions, and this book most certainly deserves to remain in print, I would hope that a large scale Ordinance Map might be included as an insert. As it is, if you are looking to get this history you will be well rewarded but if it this edition look into picking up a good large map as well. A further minor quibble is that a genealogy/timeline of the various UiNeills etc of the pre and early plantation times would have been helpful in keeping tract of who was doing what in the shifting alliances of the various up-rising, family wars, civil wars, cattle raids, petty kingship land grabs and general rieving and intrigues that were constantly drawing the English into Ulster and Ireland in attempt after attempt to give some stability and security to their western/Atlantic flank.
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