Review by Choice Review
A welcome addition to any reference collection. Hickey and Doherty, also authors of A Dictionary of Irish History since 1800 (CH, Apr'81; repr. 1987 as Dictionary of Irish History 1800-1980) have compiled a worthy chronology of events and people dealing with the history of Ireland--social , economic, artistic, and religious. One of the best features of the book is the extensive index, listing both the year and the month of the indexed item. Personal names are not merely listed; the listings are subdivided into different associated events. The authors have also added a small element of humor, and perhaps self-importance: the last entry chronicles the date of publication of the book itself! Doherty and Hickey's chronology would be best used in conjuction with A Chronology of Irish History to 1976, ed. by T.W. Moody (CH, Jul'83; see under A New History of Ireland, v. 8). Moody's coverage begins with prehistoric Ireland; Doherty and Hickey's coverage extends Moody's and is complete through 1989. A quick inspection of entries for the overlap years, 1500 through 1976, reveals as much duplication as would be expected, but a surprising number of entries are found only in one book or the other. Doherty and Hickey do not include a bibliography, for reasons well explained in the preface. This book is highly recommended for all libraries, public, school, and academic. -K. L. Strohmeyer, Hamilton College
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