This attractive one-volume survery tells the story of Ireland from the earliest times to the present. The text is complemented by 200 illustrations, including maps, photographs and diagrams. Seán Duffy, also the general editor of the best-selling 'Atlas of Irish History', has written a text of exceptional clarity. Duffy stresses the enduring themes of history; the long cultural continuity; the central importance of Ireland's relationships with Britain and mainland Europe; and the intractability of the ethnic and national divisions in modern Ulster. As a specialist in medieval Irish history, he also gives the earlier period its due treatment, thus introducing these recurring themes at an early stage. Dr Seán Duffy is senior lecturer in the Department of Medieval History in Trinity College Dublin.