People, Place and History
Edited by S. J. Connolly
S. J. Connolly is Professor of Irish History and Director of Research, Queens University Belfast.
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of Tables Selected Maps 1. Imagining Belfast S.J. Connolly and Gillian McIntosh 2. Beneath Our Feet: The Archaeological Record Ruairi O Baoill 3. The Medieval Settlement Philip Macdonald 4. Making Belfast, 1600-1750 Raymond Gillespie 5. Improving Town, 1750-1820 S.J. Connolly 6. Workshop of the Empire, 1820-1914 Stephen A. Royle 7. Whose City? Belonging and Exclusion in the Nineteenth-Century Urban World S.J. Connolly and Gillian McIntosh 8. An Age of Conservative Modernity, 1914-1968 Sean O’Connell 9. Titanic Town: Living in a Landscape of Conflict Dominic Bryan Notes Timeline Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index Subscribers to the Limited Edition
In a book celebrating both the anniversary of Belfast’s first charter in 1613 and the end of its more recent Troubles, a chequered history emerges: a small, inauspiciously located private town becomes one of the great boom cities of the British Empire. Buildings including the magnificent City Hall of 1906 and the Titanic museum of 2012 flag high points in an epic story.
Times Higher Education 'What are you reading?' section
… this is an excellent, readable and informative work of sustained scholarship. With lavish illustrations, carefully written prose, and with the depth of research worn lightly in each chapter, Belfast 400 is a fitting marker of the city’s anniversary, as well as a clear reminder that humanity lived there before the plantation. It is, moreover, a wholly suitable product, rendered at a very reasonable price, for both public and academic consumption. This editor and his contributors, as well as those who subsidised it, deserve our appreciation.
Irish Historical Studies
There have been many books written about our city’s rich history, but this is undoubtedly the most ambitious, and also the most timely, coinciding as it does with the 400th anniversary of the granting of the original charter. It will be a worthy addition to the canon of literature on our city, and no doubt will be essential reading for everyone with an interest in the story of what has made the Belfast we know today.
Gavin Robinson Belfast Telegraph
The book will make good a good present for anyone interested in the socio-politico-economic history of Belfast and wanting to get ahead of next year’s commemorations.
Alan in Belfast Northern Irish Bloggers
... this book is designed to mark this year’s 400th anniversary of Belfast’s charter. In format and content it is high-brow-meets-coffee-table and the illustrations and maps are quite stunning.
For my money it would make a perfect Christmas present for the history buff in your life.
Brian O'Neill www.belfasthistory.org
Size: 246 x 189 mm
Publication: November 9, 2012