Belfast 400 : People, Place and History
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Yayıncı Liverpool University Press ( 11 / 2012 ) ISBN 9781846316357 | Büyük boy | 18,8x24,41x2,59 cm. | İngilizce | 480 Sayfa | Türler Şehir Tarihi / Dünya | Kültür Tarihi
Marking the four-hundredth anniversary of Belfast’s foundation, Belfast 400 offers a new history of one of the world’s most fascinating—and misunderstood—cities. Drawing on a wide range of research by several scholars, S. J. Connolly shows how Belfast grew to become a place of contested identity and economics and why it would become one of the main theaters of Irish independence and the many violent events that would define it.
Belfast and its history are full of contradictions. It was a significant part of Great Britain’s rise to industrial greatness, but it is located not on the island of Great Britain, but in Ireland. While it was central to the establishment of a unique Irish identity, its politics and industrial character set it wholly apart from other Irish cities. An important part of the history of Ireland and the United Kingdom both, Belfast has never fit neatly into the accepted narrative of either.
Belfast 400 gets beneath these complexities by raising crucial questions at every post along its history. Why, with its seemingly unfavorable position—a waterlogged river mouth—did it become one of the first human settlements in the area? How did it evolve from a minor outpost to a major city, and how did it expand into one of the world’s largest centers of shipbuilding and textile manufacturing? What did this industrial development and the eventual decline of manufacturing mean for the people who lived there? Finally, how can Belfast—still managing fraught political relationships between its own citizens—redefine its identity and face the new challenges of the twenty-first century? By raising these and many other questions, Belfast 400 sheds new light on one of the most complex cities in northern Europe.