Few issues have generated such intense debate in recent years, among intellectuals and the public at large, as the controversy surrounding the writing of Irish history; so much so that historiography itself has now become an integral part of any study of Irish history and contemporary ideology.
This volume collects, for the first time, a set of important statements on the character and purpose of Irish historical writing. The essays included here consider the aims, methods and general influence of modern historiography, and the critical introduction places the issues they raise in their historical and intellectual contexts.
Together they provide an overview of the objectives and problems of history writing in Ireland over the past sixty years. The collection as a whole seeks to offer an indication of the range and depth of the debate as it has currently evolved in a manner that will encourage further reflection and argument.
About the Editor
Ciaran Brady is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin and is currently joint editor of Irish Historical Studies.