Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850-1922

Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850-1922

by Caitriona Clear

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Overview

Men and women who were born, grew up and died in Ireland between 1850 and 1922 made decisions - to train, to emigrate, to stay at home, to marry, to stay single, to stay at school - based on the knowledge and resources they had at the time. This, the first comprehensive social history of Ireland for the years 1850-1922 to appear since 1981, tries to understand that knowledge and to discuss those resources, for men and women at all social levels on the island as a whole. Original research, particularly on extreme poverty and public health, is supplemented by neglected published sources - local history journals, popular autobiography, newspapers. Folklore and Irish language sources are used extensively. All recent scholarly books in Irish social history are, of course, referred to throughout the book, but it is a lively read, reproducing the voices of the people and the stories of individuals whenever it can, questioning much of the accepted wisdom of Irish historiography over the past five decades. Statistics are used from time to time for illustrative purposes, but tables and graphs are consigned to the appendix at the back. There are some illustrations. An idea summary for the student, loaded with prompts for future research, this book is written in a non-cliched, jargon-free style aimed at the general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719074387
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Caitriona Clear lectures in modern Irish and European History at NUI, Galway

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Key dates in Irish political history
Religion: explanatory note
Introduction
Chapter 1: Farm work
Chapter 2: Non-agricultural work
Chapter 3: Education
Chapter 4:Emigration and migration
Chapter 5: Marriage
Chapter 6: Public health
Chapter 7: Institutions
Chapter 8: On the margins: vagrants and prostitutes
Chapter 9: Housing, food, clothes
Conclusion
APPENDIX
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Social Change and Everyday Life in Ireland, 1850-1922 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While it does read like a series of lectures on the topic it is an interesting look at a time of great change in Ireland from urban to rural and from farmer focus to factory focus. This is the post-famine era up to independence so it's quite a busy time in Ireland and a complete change in focus and society.A great glimpse into the period but I'm not sure sometimes that things are quite as easily explained as they're presented.