The First Irish Cities: An Eighteenth-Century Transformation

David Dickson

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Yale University Press, 2021
Hardback, 352 pages

The untold story of a group of Irish cities and their remarkable development before the age of industrialisation.

A backward corner of Europe in 1600, Ireland was transformed during the following centuries. This was most evident in the rise of its cities, notably Dublin and Cork. David Dickson explores ten urban centers and their patterns of physical, social, and cultural evolution, relating this to the legacies of a violent past, and he reflects on their subsequent partial eclipse. Beautifully illustrated, this account reveals how the country’s cities were distinctive and—through the Irish diaspora—influential beyond Ireland’s shores.