Top 10 Books on British and Irish History

 

The British Irish history has been very complicated and full of sympathy towards the Irish. The Irish had suffered 7 centuries of British Rule and suppression before they finally decided to revolt against it. The rebellion was inspired by a lot of tragic events that the Irish had to suffer for a very long time. The Irish history, in general, has been very tragic and inspiring at the same time. This led to many writers putting their feelings and thoughts into words and compiling the most informative and thought-provoking books on the British Irish History. Here is a list of the best ones from them.

Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916

This novel highlights the rebellion that started on the Easter Monday of 1916 against the British rule.

Read it For:
This book very beautifully describes the Irish history of overthrowing 7 centuries long British rule of the Irish Population.
Don't Read it For:
It is a great historical book but can be a little difficult to follow at certain points.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a very detailed and informative account of the Rebel of Easter Monday 1916.

Michael Collins

This amazing novel by Coogan is based on the life of Michael Collins, a forgotten hero of the Irish history.

Read it For:
Through this book, the author had reminded the readers that if it weren’t for Michael Collins, Ireland probably would not have gotten independent when it did.
Don't Read it For:
Some of the details and quotes used in this book can be confusing for the readers but still one of the best books on British and Irish history.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a wonderfully researched and written book on the life of Michael Collins and effectively fulfills the author’s aim.

Guerilla Days in Ireland

This novel is about the historic Anglo-Irish war. It is a story about how the heavily armed and experienced British troops fought against the brutally outnumbered Irish army and had to leave 26 countries.

Read it For:
The story beautifully presents the picture of how the inexplicably outnumbered and inexperienced Irish Army rebelled against the British rule and led to their withdrawal from 26 countries.
Don't Read it For:
Towards the end, the author’s pro-republican thought bias is visible.
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel gives some great insights and information about the Irish campaign against the generations-old British occupancy.

The Course Of Irish History

This book by T.W. Moody covers not some events but rather the whole history of Ireland. All the major events and the British rule from its very beginning to the modern day Ireland that we know of.

Read it For:
This book focuses not on the British and Irish period of Ireland’s history, which no doubt was the major chunk of it, but also focuses on separate important events.
Don't Read it For:
The book may seem dull and not very engaging especially for casual readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author has brilliantly presented an account of Ireland’s rich history making it one of the most popular books on British and Irish history.
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Armed Struggle: The history of IRA

This book is a great account of the major invasions and wars by Ireland, The separation of Ireland, and focuses greatly on the removal of the British from Northern Ireland from 1930s till 1960s and reunification of Ireland.

Read it For:
This book is about the history of IRA and what role it has played in shaping Ireland as we know it now.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not very well organized, and the events are compiled in a haphazard manner.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is very easy to read a book which presents a neutral view of the events rather than a biased one which is quite difficult to find.

The Great Hunger

This book sheds light on the infamous Irish Potato Famine which led to the death of over a million Irish people and forced a lot of them to leave their homeland and emigrate to America.

Read it For:
The book brings forward the sheer ignorance of the British to relieve the suffering of the Irish that caused a massive loss and is known as one of the biggest tragedy of all time.
Don't Read it For:
The book is written in too much detail which may not be to everyone’s liking.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book covers all aspects of the famine that hit Ireland hard and elaborates on the miseries of the Irish.

Vivid Faces

This book brings to light the revolutionary generation of Ireland. The main revolutionaries who led the 1916 Easter Monday Revolution and what inspired them to finally rebel.

Read it For:
This book highlights and informs about the most prominent figures of the Irish history and their struggle to free Ireland of the British rule.
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for a historical account of Irish history, this is not the right book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a detailed and intellectual reader about those who can only be dubbed as Irish heroes.

Ten Men Dead

This book tells the tale of the year 1981 when 10 members of IRA starved themselves to death in a prison in order to regain their dignity and be recognized as political prisoners rather than criminals.

Read it For:
This book presents an insight into the struggles of the IRA and the ignorance and brutal behavior of the British, against them.
Don't Read it For:
This book might not appeal to casual readers as much as it would to academics.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is very well written and is very informative about the Irish Hunger Strike and the politics revolving around it.

The Green Flag

This book is a historical analysis if the shaping of Ireland as we know it. It covers all main historical events that impacted Ireland in good and bad ways.

Read it For:
The author has provided some great information and written the book very fluidly.
Don't Read it For:
The book though well researched brings out the author’s bias towards one side very clearly.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is so well written that it has been dubbed as a must read for all those interested in knowing the Irish history, making it 10 best-selling books on British and Irish history.

My Fight for Irish Freedom

This book as the name suggests is a biography of one of the most prominent fighters for the Irish freedom. Dan Breen is a very well known figure of Irish Freedom Movement

Read it For:
In this book, he presents a first-hand account of what it was like being in the small Irish Army. What the life was like and how they had to prepare extra because they were all inexperienced.
Don't Read it For:
This is a biography, so there is no such downside to this book. It is the author’s description of his life and the conditions that persisted in the war.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel is very well written and makes the reader get a picture of what it would have been like back when Ireland was under the British rule and fighting for freedom, making it top 10 books on British and Irish history.

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