Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970

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Roy Foster is one of Ireland's leading historians, the author of the much acclaimed two-volume biography of Yeats as well as the definitive history Modern Ireland, which has been hailed as "dazzling" (New York Times Book Review) and "elegant, erudite, wise, witty" (Irish Times). Now, this brilliant writer offers a "short and combative" account of Ireland's astonishing transformation over the last three decades.
Has there really been an "economic miracle"? Where does the explosion of cultural energy in music, literature, and theater come from? Has the power of the Catholic Church really crumbled? Focusing largely on contemporary events, living people, current controversies, and popular culture, Luck and the Irish explores these questions and raises other provocative questions of its own. Foster looks at the astonishing volte-face undertaken by Sinn Fein, eventually taking office in a state they had once fought to destroy. He describes how Catholicism, once the bedrock of Irish identity, has been decisively compromised, as evidenced by the exploitation and abuse scandals and the drastic decline in devotions. At the same time, the position of women in Irish society has been transformed, with the growth of feminism, a revolution in sexual attitudes, far more women in the work force, the ascendancy of President Mary Robinson, and the movement of women to front-rank Cabinet posts--all of which have put the position of Irish women ahead of that in many European nations.
Many old molds have been broken in Irish society over the last 30 years, and the immediate results have been breath-taking. But are these developments really as permanent or even as beneficial as they appear? Everyone curious about the recent past, the burgeoning present, and the unclear future of Ireland will want to read this superbly written and deeply thoughtful book.

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Amazon Best of the Month, March 2008: Over the past three decades, Ireland has metamorphosed from a troubled-but-winsome bastion of the Old World to a thriving economic power known as the "Celtic Tiger." With the second highest per capita income in the EU, the Republic has come a long way from the days of its political argument that the Irish economy featured a potentially desirous "less costly standard of living." Luck and the Irish chronicles this Irish revival as historian R.F. Foster explains how a perfect storm of change produced present-day Ireland. Led by progressive thought, political transformations, and even a rock band from Dublin, the Irish broke through their own oppressive chains and took "the wearing o' the green" to a global level. While such success is due in part to good fortune--it is Ireland, after all--Foster paints an engaging portrait of a nation that is just now learning to stand on its own legs in today's international scene. --Dave Callanan

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Roy Foster is Professor of History and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. In addition to his renowned biography of Yeats and his acclaimed history of modern Ireland, he is the editor of The Oxford History of Ireland. His most recent book is The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland.

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