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Irish Academic Press is a long established Dublin-based publisher of high quality books of Irish interest. Our publishing programme includes Irish History, Contemporary Irish History, Military and Political History, Literature, Arts and the Media, Social History, Women's Studies and Genealogy. We hope that among our past and present titles you will find titles of interest.

Our new and forthcoming publications include several important and eagerly awaited titles.
The RMS Titanic MiscellanyThe RMS Titanic Miscellany
White, John; Holmes, Eamonn

A gloriously quirky mixture of facts, trivia, compendiums, biographies and much more besides. Within these pages, the reader will learn fascinating facts about Titanic on a wide range of topics, from her sister ships, to the Harland & Wolff Shipyard where she was built, to Thomas Andrews her architect, to her maiden voyage, to Captain Smith, to the passengers onboard, to the ship's construction and dimensions, to the signals of ice warnings the vessel received, to the moment she struck the iceberg, to the shortage of lifeboats and the extraordinary accounts of bravery onboard Titanic when it was clear she was going to sink. Sprinkled with entries covering Titanic memorabilia and painstakingly researched, the RMS Titanic Miscellany will bring hours of reading pleasure to everyone who is intrigued with the enormity, grandeur and mystique associated with the Titanic.

The DestructorsThe Destructors
The Story of Northern Ireland's Lost Peace Process
Kerr, Michael

The Destructors is the story of lost opportunities. On New Year's Day, 1974, Northern Ireland's first Secretary of State, William Whitelaw, convinced unionist and nationalist leaders to set aside irreconcilable differences and long-held principles and enter into a power-sharing government at Stormont. A few months later, the government collapsed, poisoned by factionalism. Taking a fresh and dynamic look at what the idea of power-sharing meant to the different parties in the Northern Ireland conflict, The Destructors examines how the Northern Ireland Executive was subsequently destroyed in May 1974 by an unconstitutional political strike that was called by the Ulster Workers' Council. The book details how the Executive's fate was sealed when power-sharing was abandoned by Heath's successor, Harold Wilson, following an ill-timed Westminster general election in February. This study draws upon previously unavailable British and Irish archival material and over 40 interviews with officials central to a peace process that led to an Anglo-Irish settlement at Sunningdale in December 1973. It reexamines why Northern Ireland's power-sharing experiment failed.

Poverty and Welfare in Ireland 1838-1948Poverty and Welfare in Ireland 1838-1948
Crossman, Victoria; Gray, Peter

This book is a ground-breaking history of poverty and welfare in modern Ireland, in the era of the Irish poor law. As the first study to address poor relief and health care together, the book fills an important gap, providing a much-needed introduction and assessment of the evolution of social welfare in 19th- and early 20th-century Ireland. The collection also addresses a number of related issues, including private philanthropy, the attitudes of landowners towards poor relief, and the crisis of the poor law during the Great Famine of 1845-1850. Together, these interlinking contributions both survey current research and suggest new areas for investigation, providing further stimulus to the growing field of Irish welfare history.

The Empire of CreditThe Empire of Credit
The Financial Revolution in Britain, Ireland, and America, 1689-1815
Carey, Daniel; Finlay, Christopher

The Empire of Credit explores crucial questions arising from the initial creation of public debt, as well as new forms of credit, in late 17th- and 18th-century Ireland, Britain, and the US. This period saw: the establishment of national banks designed to finance government expenditure, vastly expanded tax regimes, and the appearance of novel credit instruments (from national lotteries to annuities). Collectively, these developments formed the basis of the 'Financial Revolution.' How differently did these events play out in Ireland, Britain, and the US? What circumstances governed the development of banking, finance, and trade among the players in an empire formed by credit? The Empire of Credit discusses rival philosophies of money among the major intellectual figures of the period (including Locke, Hume, and Adam Smith) * the role of the State in securing public loyalty through investment in national debt * the continued need for hard currency, even as new forms of credit and paper money began to enter widespread circulation * the US trading relationship with Britain and the crisis in currency after Independence * Ireland's distinctive position of being the country that remained outside the union formed between Scotland and England, yet was integrated into British and US markets while innovating in finance and banking along lines established in England.

Power in HistoryPower in History
From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World
Breathnach, Ciara; Chambers, Liam; Lawless, Catherine; McElligott, Anthony

This book assembles some of the most exciting scholars working in the field of history to explore the theme of 'power' in history - examining the complexities, controversies, and contradictions of power and its contested environments in relation to warfare, the state, race, religion, gender, class, linguistic and cultural hegemony, symbols and rituals, and visual arts and architecture. It ranges from the medieval period to contemporary times, principally in Ireland and wider Europe, but also extending to North America, Africa, and Oceania. The 15 contributions do not accept power as a historical given. Each author addresses the specific context, giving rise to different constructions of it and its legitimacy, whether based on violence, political writings and rationalism, religious belief, popular acclamation, or visual perception. The collection brings out the different meanings and nuances of power over time and in different geographical spaces. As the editors argue in their conclusion where they look at the meaning of power in the post-modern age, the findings of this book have a reach beyond the academic and should resonate with all those interested in the exercise of power in the modern world.

Anne Enright

Anne Enright
Bracken, Claire; Cahill, Susan

Anne Enright is one of the most innovative and exciting writers in Ireland - and indeed, the world today - whose work encompasses a wide range of genres, themes, and interests. With her dark humor and wry tone, she displays a capability to be remarkably funny while engaging with serious subject matter and themes. The recognition for her novel, The Gathering, by the Man Booker judges in 2007, proves this to be a timely moment to critically explore her writing. This is the first study of Anne Enright, in which leading scholars examine her work in relation to style; her situation in a postmodern and experimental tradition in Irish and non-Irish writing; and her engagement with culture and social change, tradition and modernity, memory, gender, and sexuality. The book also includes an extensive interview with Anne Enright and a comprehensive bibliography. Trips on the Holyhead to Dublin Ferry were always so memorable
Colum McCannColum McCann
The Aesthetics of Redemption
Flannery, Eóin

Taking account of all of McCann's literary fiction to date, Eóin Flannery considers the ways in which the writer navigates and negotiates between Ireland and the international, and between the past and the contemporary. Unlike many other Irish writers, McCann's fiction is not limited by the 'Irish experience', but neither is it slavishly global. He transcends the limitations of nationality by exploring the interactions of many different nationalities and cultures. McCann's Irish heritage is a valuable resource in his engagement with the disenfranchised in Irish-American, African-American, and Eastern European histories during the twentieth-century. Flannery argues that McCann's writing re-imagines the possibilities of contemporary Irish fiction, it places Irish history, Irish writing, and Irish cultural life into artistic and ethical dialogue with other marginal cultures.

Reading Pearse HutchinsonReading Pearse Hutchinson
From Findrum to Fisterra
Coleman, Philip; Johnston, Maria

*This is the first collection of critical essays on this internationally respected poet who has played a vital role in Irish poetic culture for over six decades. *There is no competing work on this poet of Irish parentage, who will be 84 in 2011 and is still working in Ireland. *Exclusive interview with Hutchinson. Born in Glasgow in 1927 of Irish parents, Pearse Hutchinson moved to Dublin in 1932, and was educated at Synge Street and University College Dublin. His first published poems were in The Bell in 1945, and since then he has published over a dozen separate collections of poems in English, Irish, and in translation from several European languages. Reflecting the astonishing linguistic and cultural range of Hutchinson's interests and projects as a writer, Reading Pearse Hutchinson gathers together a diverse group of scholars who engage with the varied aspects of the poet's achievement - from his poems in English and Irish to translations from European languages such as Catalan, Spanish and Galaico-Portuguese. Essays explore Hutchinson's interests in Irish and European history and politics, as well as his examinations of sexuality and the body, music, the aesthetics of memory, and the poetics of friendship.

Turning Points in Twentieth Century Irish HistoryTurning Points in Twentieth Century Irish History
Hachey, Thomas

Irish history has always turned on a variety of axes or 'turning points,' beyond the accounts of high politics. In acknowledging the profound changes that have shaped new approaches to research and writing within the historical discipline, Irish historiography now embraces not only the re-examination of pivotal events, but also eclectic dimensions that further enrich our understanding of the broader narrative. This collection explores themes such as: political murders during Ireland's Revolutionary period, the nature of women's employment and political activity, Easter Rising, Irish neutrality, and the Northern peace process. The contributions by leading scholars make this work a remarkable new assessment of modern Irish history.

Democratic LeftDemocratic Left
The Life and Death of an Irish Political Party
Rafter, Kevin

Democratic Left was a small political party which was organised primarily in the Irish Republic but also in Northern Ireland for just short of seven years in the 1990s. Formed out of a split in the Workers' Party in early 1992, Democratic Left was formally disbanded in January 1999 following a merger agreement with the Labour Party. The party - which was led by Proinsais De Rossa, Pat Rabbitte, Eamon Gilmore and Liz McManus - participated in the 1994-97 Rainbow coalition involving Fine Gael and Labour. This book explores the emergence of Democratic Left out of the crisis in communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as continued allegations about their involvement in Official IRA criminality. Issues of ideology and identity, party organisation and political funding are examined in this major study which offers a unique and revealing insight in how politics operates in Ireland today. The book is based on access to internal Democratic Left documentation and papers, and interviews with all leading party members and other figures including Eoghan Harris, Sean Garland, John Bruton and Ruairi Quinn.

The Last Irish PlagueThe Last Irish Plague
The Great 'Flu Epidemic in Ireland
Foley, Caitriona

Decimating as many as 100 million people in the space of a few months, the Great 'Flu of 1918-19 was one of the worst outbreaks of disease in global history, totally eclipsing the damage wreaked by the First World War. In Ireland, the Registrar-General felt that not since the Great Famine had an outbreak of disease caused such havoc. The flu found its way into every corner of the country, infecting as many as 800,000 people, and taking over 20,000 lives. All across Ireland, there were many cases of families being almost wiped out by this mysterious malady as hospitals and workhouses heaved with the sudden influx of 'flu-stricken patients. Despite the fact that it claimed many more lives than the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War combined, the Great 'Flu is rarely incorporated into the narrative of twentieth century Ireland. 'The Last Irish Plague' explores this catastrophe, teasing out the full dimensions of a lethal and widespread outbreak of disease. It offers an illuminating account of an event which has slipped through the historical net, a part of the Irish past which has remained undocumented for almost a hundred years.

New in Paperback!
Ambushes and ArmourAmbushes and Armour
The Irish Rebellion 1919-1921
Kautt, W.H.

The Irish Revolution (1916-1923) was a war of 'firsts'. This study focuses on the development of ambush and counter-ambush doctrine, and in examining how the British forces (army, RIC, ADRIC) learned to counter these threats. By disregarding the politics and social issues, as much as possible without losing context and perspective, the focus is on the military aspects of these operations. Further, the examination of the tactics, rather than the strategies, reveal truths about how the opposing forces functioned 'on the ground'.

Dublin Slums 1800-1925Dublin Slums 1800-1925
A Study in Urban Geography
Prunty, Jacinta

Based on source materials ranging from public inquiries and property valuations to the records created by women charity workers, such as Margaret Aylward, the slum geography of the city is meticulously recreated in this thoroughly original book. The overlapping areas of contagious disease, slum housing and the support of the very poorest, the beggars and costermongers who daily thronged the city streets, form the three main areas of analysis. These issues are explored on scales ranging from city-wide to the local street or court, while the final case study examines the dynamic nature of slum creation and efforts at relief and reform in the particular context of the north city parishes of St. Mary's and St. Michan's.

After the FloodAfter the Flood
Irish America, 1945-1960
O'Brien, Matthew; Rogers, James

The essays in this volume examine diverse aspects of the Irish-American community during the postwar years and cover both the immigrant community within the US - which witnessed a surge in immigration from Ireland - and the subsequent expressions of an Irish identity among later generation ethnics. Essays consider both social and political history, such as ethnic anti-communism and American responses to Partition, and significant representations of Irish life in popular culture, such as The Last Hurrah (1956) or The Quiet Man (1952). The study shows that the Irish-American community was lively and, in many ways, dissimilar from 'mainstream' American life in this period. The supposedly deracinated descendants of earlier immigrants were nonetheless well aware that the larger culture perceived something distinctive about being Irish, and throughout this period they actively sought to define - often in deflected ways - just what that distinctiveness could mean.

Oscar Wilde's PlagiarismOscar Wilde's Plagiarism
The Triumph of Art over Ego
Tufescu, Florina

Oscar Wilde's practices of plagiarism across genres are seen as part of a neo-classical tradition. His allegory of plagiarism in An Ideal Husband is compared to those created by fellow playwrights, including Ibsen and G.B. Shaw. Wilde's polemical imitation of Shakespeare's cut-and-paste method in The Portrait of Mr. W.H. inspired Joyce to experiment with the erasure of quotation marks in Ulysses. The blatant collage of Wilde's poetry anticipates T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, just as it recalls Manet's paintings, which provocatively assert artistic status by drawing attention to their flatness. The mosaic-like structure of The Picture of Dorian Gray is akin to that of other anti-individualist masterpieces, notably Goethe's Faust and D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel. Why did a genius like Oscar Wilde rely on plagiarism from the beginning to the end of his career? Why did Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, and Walter Pater do this as well? And how should teachers, critics, and editors deal with the evidence of plagiarism at the heart of the canon? The extent of sophisticated plagiarism in the canonical works and the impressive list of its apologists from Ackroyd to Zola indicate the need for new models of authorship and intellectual property: models that would benefit scholarly and artistic creativity and solve the paradox of plagiarism as one of the most serious and most common of literary crimes. This book - now in paperback - presents a compact history of the meanings and uses of plagiarism from antiquity to the present. It offers an interpretation of Wilde's plagiarism and of its impact on Joyce, Borges, Gide, et al., as well as a revelation of the plagiaristic, counter-romantic tradition from Poe to Ackroyd.

The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath 1916-1923The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath 1916-1923
Years of Revolt
Costello, Francis

The Irish Revolution, at the beginning of the 20th century, spawned the creation of the modern Irish state. This full-length analysis offers a comprehensive framework of that revolution in its totality, taking into account the broad range of social, economic, and political developments, as well as the Irish Republican Army's campaign of guerrilla warfare and the British response to it. Drawing on such previously unpublished sources as the Irish Department of Defense's Military History Bureau, author Francis Costello paints a broad picture of the people and the key events in the Irish struggle for independence. Described by Paul Bew as 'a revelation' and 'ground-breaking,' this important book is now available in paperback.

We welcome manuscript proposals and ideas in all the subject areas outlined above and these can be directed to our Editor, Lisa Hyde: