Belfast 400: People, Place and History by Sean Connolly

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Author
Sean Connolly
Publisher
Liverpool University Press
Date of release
Pages
392
ISBN
9781846316340
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Hardcover
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Published to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the town's foundation, Belfast 400 draws on a wide range of recent research to present a new history of one of the world's most fascinating and most misunderstood cities. The misunderstanding, and the fascination, arise from the same contradictions. Belfast was a significant part of the story of Great Britain's rise to industrial greatness. But it was a city located, not in Great Britain, but in Ireland. It was one of the main theatres in which the conflicts of identity that have created modern Ireland were fought out. Yet both its politics and its industrial character set it wholly apart from other Irish towns. A central part of the history of both societies, it has never fitted neatly into the accepted narrative of either. Against this background Belfast 400 seeks to recapture the true history of Ireland's second city in all its complexity. In doing so it asks many questions. Why did such an apparently unfavourable spot, a waterlogged river mouth


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