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Reforming food in post-famine Ireland: medicine, science and improvement,1845-1922.
Ian Miller
Manchester University Press, 2014.
This  is the first dedicated study of how and why Irish eating habits dramatically transformed between the famine and independence. It also investigates the simultaneous reshaping of Irish food production after the famine. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book draws from the diverse methodological disciplines of medical history, history of science, cultural studies, Irish Studies, gender studies and food studies.
Making use of an impressive range of sources, it maps the pivotal role of food in the shaping of Irish society onto a political and social backdrop of famine, Land Wars, political turbulence, the First World War and the struggle for independence. It is of interest to historians of medicine and science as well as historians of modern Irish social, economic, political and cultural history.                                                                                                                      

 Reforming food in post-Famine Ireland

The Irish Times: 150 years of influence.‌
Terence Brown
Bloomsbury Continuum, 2015.‌‌
This history of the Irish Times is also a history of the Irish people.  Always independent in ownership and political view and never entwined inany way with the Roman Catholic Church, it has become the barometer of Irish life and society followed by people of all religious and political persuasions.  The paper is politically lliberal and progressive as well as being centre right on economic issues.  This history is peopled by all thegreat figures of Irish history -- Daniel O'connell, W.B. Yeats, Garrett Fitzgerald, Conor Cruise O'Brien and the paper has numbered among its contributors -Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.  Its influence on Irish society is beyond question.

The Irish Times 

The best are leaving: emigration and post-war Irish culture.                                                                                                                              Clair Wills‌
Cambridge University Press, 2014
This is an important and wide-ranging study of post-war Irish emigrant culture. Wills analyses representations of emigrants from Ireland and of Irish immigrants in Britain across a range of discourses, including official documents, sociological texts, clerical literature, journalism, drama, literary fiction, and popular literature and film. Wills explores this theme of emigration through writers as diverse as M. J. Molloy, John B. Keane, Tom Murphy, and Edna O'Brien.‌‌

The best are leaving

A formative decade: Ireland in the 1920s.  
Edited by Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan.
Irish Academic Press, 2015.
In the aftermath of the Great War, Europe s empires crumbled and a patchwork of new nation states emerged across the continent. As the map of Europe was being redrawn after 1918, Ireland too stood on the threshold of great change. The 1920s were a formative decade for Ireland, both north and south of the border, but is all too often dismissed as one of stagnation. In contract to this belief, the contributions to this important new collection provide a refreshingly alternative view of this significant decade, all serving to reignite the debate about how modern Ireland was defined and how statehood collided with national identities and allegiances.‌

 A formative decade

 The City-State in Europe, 1000-1600.
Tom Scott.
Oxford University Press, 2014.
Tom Scott goes beyond the customary focus on the leading Italian city-states to include, for the first time, detailed coverage of the Swiss city-states and the imperial cities of Germany. He criticizes current typologies of the city-state in Europe advanced by political and social scientists to suggest that the city-state was not a spent force in early modern Europe, but rather survived by transformation and adaption. He puts forward instead a typology which embraces both time and space by arguing for a regional framework for analysis which does not treat city-states in isolation, but within a wider geopolitical setting.

 The City State in Europe

 Family Breakdown: a legal guide.
Kieron Wood.
Clarus Press, 2014.
In Ireland, family law has witnessed immense changes in the last decade with, for example, the introduction of civil partnership in 2011, amendments to the in camera rules and developing European jurisprudence. The book has been expanded to include new family law issues, such as civil partnership and changed rules for common law spouses. The new Court of Appeal, civil legal aid, and alternatives to court are covered, as well as the latest, comprehensive case law from Ireland's Supreme Court and High Court, on everything from divorce and judicial separation to annulment and prenuptial agreements. Additionally, the book includes pension and tax advice, the potential pitfalls when making a will, up-to-date marriage regulations, practical advice on appearing in court, and real-life questions and answers. It also contains a summary of all Irish family law legislation, legal forms, a glossary of legal terms, and a list of useful websites and contacts.

 Family Breakdown: a legal guide

 The Irish Citizen Army.
Ann Matthews
Mercier, 2014.
The Irish Citizen Army was originally established as a defense corps during the 1913 Lockout, but under the leadership of James Connolly its aims became more Republican and the IRB, fearing Connolly would pre-empt their plans for the Easter Rising, convinced him to join his force with the Irish Volunteers. During the Rising the ICA was active in three garrisons and the book describes for the first time in depth its involvement at St Stephen's Green and the Royal College of Surgeons, at City Hall and its environs and, using the first-hand account of journalist J.J. O'Leary who observed the scene, on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) throughout the week.

 The Irish Citizen Army

 The Sick Rose:  Disease and the art of medical illustration.
Richard Barnett.
Thames and Hudson, 2014.
The Sick Rose is a visual tour through the golden age of medical illustration. The nineteenth century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. In this pre-colour-photography era, accurate images were relied upon to teach students and aid diagnosis. The best examples, featured here, are remarkable pieces of art that attempted to elucidate the mysteries of the body, and the successive onset of each affliction. Bizarre and captivating images, including close-up details and revealing cross-sections, make all too clear the fascinations of both doctors and artists of the time.

 The Sick Rose

 All Dressed Up: modern Irish historical pageantry.
Dean Joan Fitzpatrick.
2014.
In the early twentieth century, publicly staged productions of significant historical, political, and religious events became increasingly popular - and increasingly grand - in Ireland. These public pageants, a sort of precursor to today's opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games, mobilized huge numbers of citizens to present elaborately staged versions of Irish identity based on both history and myth. Complete with marching bands, costumes, fireworks, and mock battles, these spectacles were suffused with political and national significance. Dean explores the historical significance of these pageants, explaining how their popularity correlated to political or religious imperatives in twentieth century Ireland.

 All dressed up

The History of Central Asia, Vol. 1: the age of the Steppe warriors.
Christopher Baumer.
I.B. Taurus, 2012
The epic plains and arid deserts of Central Asia have witnessed some of the greatest migrations, as well as many of the most transformative developments, in the history of civilization. Christoph Baumer s ambitious four-volume treatment of the region charts the 3000-year drama of Scythians and Sarmatians; Soviets and transcontinental Silk Roads; trade routes and the transmission of ideas across the steppes; and the breathless and brutal conquests of Alexander the Great and Chinghiz Khan. Masterfully interweaving the stories of individuals and peoples, the author s engaging prose is richly augmented throughout by colour photographs taken on his own travels.

 The history of Central Asia

Political imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921.
William Murphy.
Oxford University Press, 2014.
For a revolutionary generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen - including suffragettes, labour activists, and nationalists - imprisonment became a common experience. In the years 1912-1921, thousands were arrested and held in civil prisons or in internment camps in Ireland and Britain. The state's intent was to repress dissent, but instead, the prisons and camps became a focus of radical challenge to the legitimacy and durability of the status quo.
Murphy argues that the politics of imprisonment and the prison conflicts analysed here reflected and affected the rhythms of the revolution, and this volume not only reconstructs and assesses the various experiences and actions of the prisoners, but those of their families, communities, and political movements, as well as the attitudes and reactions of the state and those charged with managing the prisoners.

 Political imprisonment

Beyond Pebbledash and the puzzle of Dublin.‌
Paul Kearns & Motti Ruimy.‌
Beyond Pebbledash is both a book and a wider design initiative whose creative aim is to promote a critical conversation on the future of Dublin urbanism.  It endeavours to encourage us to look beyond thesurface meaning of any built landscape, to peel back the facade, to enter a different, engaging and challenging realm of questioning.  Ho do we read the built environment?  What can we see beyond the literal structure of structures standing before us?

 Beyond pebbledash

The Second Coming of Paisley: militant fundamentalism and Ulster politics
Richard Lawrence Jordan.
 Syracuse Universtiy Press, 2014. ‌
This book examines the relationship between Rev. Ian Paisley and the leaders of the militant wing of evangelical fundamentalism in the United State in the period immediately prededing the outbreakfo the Northern ireland "Troubles" in the late 1960s.

 The second coming of Paisley
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