powerful and evocative...a tour de force...This is one o f the most significant works on Irish history published in the last twenty years Eugenio F. Biagini, Journal of 20th Century British History, absorbing, original and challenging tour de force of historical interpretation that Bew has achieved in this work. The virtues of historical scholarship and stylish exposition, which have marked the best of Bew's work from the very outset, are here in abundance...He has written an absorbing, engaged, immensely learned and passionately argued interpretation of the last two centuries of political conflict in Ireland...an important book... Gearoid Tuathaigh Galway Archaeological and Historical Society It is without doubt the most reasonable, up to date, rational, liberal and accommodationist unionist history Brendan O'Leary, Dublin Review of Books ...explores his chosen themes with originality, iconoclasm and a range of unexpected quotations Roy Foster, TLS Books of the Year Remarkable, formidably researched and fluently written Times Literary Supplement a remarkable survey Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times finely nuanced history ... [Bew] brings enormous authority to the subject. Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Times ...an historian of note and a distinguished commentator on the politics of modern Ireland; this study confirms his analytical skills... Edward Norman, Literary Review Bew ... is a master of elegant and pithy prose ... Ireland: The Politics of Enmity ... is unfailingly absorbing. Peter Hart, The Irish Times absorbing reading for all who are interested in Irish-British history. Morning Star [Bew] explores his chosen themes with originality, iconoclasm and a range of unexpected quotations. Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement The book is dense yet easy to read Edward Norman, Literary News Paul Bew's book reconstructs the way that the language of hatred has been employed in Irish history; it also gestures towards much in politics that has been said or forgotten. London Review of Books Bew takes us with him through an engaged, questing and ongoing exploration. The journey is exhilarating, and the book indispensable. Marc Mulholland, Reviews in History
About the Author
Paul Bew is Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University, Belfast.