This work offers a detailed narrative of the events that have shaped Ireland's history. The close geographical proximity of Great Britain has had a profound impact on Irish history. The interaction and confrontation between the two peoples and cultures culminated in 1801 with the absorption of Ireland into Great Britain. The Irish struggled to retain their separate ethnic identity - defined by a distinctive language cultural traditions, as well as the Roman Catholic religion - and ultimately, to win independence. Providing a broad narrative and relating the central events that have shaped the country, "A Brief History of Ireland" touches on all aspects of Ireland's history, including political, economic, cultural, social, and foreign affairs.Recounting this country's vast history - from ancient beginnings to the present day - the volume notes what makes Ireland unique among nations, including noteworthy accomplishments and contributions made by the Irish. It's coverage includes: Pagan Ireland; The arrival of Christianity; Viking and Norman invasions; Protestant power; The Great Famine; The struggle for independence; Political division of Ireland; Modern Ireland and its new role in the world; and, Irish culture and society.