A View From the Ground

Book - 2007
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Dublin is one of only a handful of cities that holds international appeal and influence--a fact made more unique because its fame is based almost exclusively on cultural output. Dublin may not have an instantly recognizable building or landmark, but ask a listener to come up with images of Dublin and the results flood in: Molly Malone, a cold pint of Guinness, a late-night pub session. Dublin follows a general chronology, but the chapters are organized around themes--crime and punishment, power and rebellion, urban calamity (fire, flood, disease), the sacred and the profane--that occur and recur throughout the city's history. Larger historical trends--the effects of the city's Penal Laws, the establishment of a Catholic middle class, the dizzying pace of change in the wake of the Celtic Tiger's economic reforms--are seen through the experiences of leaders and pioneers, as well as that of ordinary citizens, to create one of the most wide-ranging and nuanced portraits of Dublin ever published.
Publisher: London : Portrait, 2007
ISBN: 9780749951498
Call Number: 941.835 H3616d
Characteristics: xviii, 350 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, col. ports. ; 24 cm


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