The First Irish Cities
An Eighteenth-Century Transformation
A backward corner of Europe in 1600, Ireland was transformed during the following centuries. This was most evident in the rise of its cities, notably Dublin and Cork. David Dickson explores ten urban centers and their patterns of physical, social, and cultural evolution, relating this to the legacies of a violent past, and he reflects on their subsequent partial eclipse. Beautifully illustrated, this account reveals how the country’s cities were distinctive and—through the Irish diaspora—influential beyond Ireland’s shores.
Praise For The First Irish Cities: An Eighteenth-Century Transformation…
'This is the book we have been waiting for. Dickson provides the first comprehensive overview of the great age of Irish urban development, in all its complexity and variety.'—Sean Connolly, author of Divided Kingdom
'Exemplary. The study of Irish urban history has been until now patchy. Dickson's work significantly reduces this scholarly deficit.'—Jim Smyth, Emeritus Professor, University of Notre Dame
‘Drawing on his magisterial knowledge of all facets of eighteenth-century Ireland, Dickson unpicks the country's anomalous urban histories - stemming from the extraordinary mid-century growth spurts that created cities comparable to their great European and British counterparts.’—Finola O'Kane, Professor, University College Dublin
Yale University Press, 9780300229462, 352pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 2021