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A History of Ireland for Learners of English - new edition

AuthorTony Penston
PublisherTP Publications
Publication Date2019
Edition2nd Edition
SeriesA History of Ireland
CategoryLanguage Skills
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The new edition of A History of Ireland for Learners of English has an attractive cover which immediately stirs the reader’s curiosity. Changes include not only a totally refreshed final chapter but also interesting additions in the main text, such as the Duke of Wellington’s involvement in Catholic emancipation, famine victims’ experiences in Canada, Ireland’s treatment of WW1 veterans including the Antarctic hero Tom Crean, the hunger striker Terence MacSwiney, Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland.

Extensions to captions include: the French general Humbert being shocked at the animosity between Catholics and Protestants; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting the Choctaw Council in Oklahoma, the White House being designed by an Irish American.

The usual highlights are retained, such as the intriguing St. Patrick’s Day quiz (updated), the ‘Pirate Queen’, the Spanish Armada and assistance to O’Neill; the Easter Rising, etc. As before, aspects of Irish history influenced by foreign intervention are given greater exposure than is normal. The reading level is intermediate to upper intermediate (B1, B2), but progresses towards advanced (C1) in the final chapters.
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