Further reading

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Here are some further reading suggestions, covering a range of interpretations:


  • Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty, A history of Ireland under the Union 1801-1922 (1952)
  • F.S.L Lyons, Ireland Since the Famine (1971)
  • Tim Pat Coogan, The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy (2012)
  • Ronan Fanning, Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution, 1910-1922 (2012)
  • Paul Bew, The State in Northern Ireland, 1921-1972: Political Forces and Social Class (1979)
  • Brendan Bradshaw, ‘Nationalism and historical scholarship in modern Ireland’, Irish Historical Studies (1989)
  • Roy Foster, Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988)
  • Marianne Elliott, The Catholics of Ulster: a history (2000)


Here are two essays which look at the historiography of Northern Ireland, examining why different historians wrote what they did:


  • Ian McBride, ‘Dealing with the Past: Historians and the Northern Ireland Conflict’, link
  • John Whyte, ‘Interpretations of the Northern Ireland Problem: an Appraisal’, Economic and Social Review Vol.9, No.4, 1978