First published in 1909, as the second edition of an 1896 original, this book forms part of the Cambridge Historical Series. The text presents a broad overview of Irish history, written in an effort to direct 'the attention of thoughtful minds in Great Britain and Ireland to Irish history'. It begins with the period leading up to the Anglo-Norman conquest and moves through to the reforms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A detailed bibliography is also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in historiography and perspectives on Irish history.