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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has colour wear in places, creasing to the edges, very light discolouring, and light fading to the spine area. The cover has light shelf wear to the bottom edge in places. There is light age spotting to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 192x248mm.
Pages: 309
Publisher: New South Wales University Press
Publication date: 1990 first edition


Vanished Kingdoms: Irish in Australia and New Zealand
By Patrick O'Farrell

Contains numerous photos throughout.

Vanished Kingdoms is Patrick O'Farrell's personal evocation of the recent history of the Irish in Australia and New Zealand. Following a lifetime study, the doyen of Irish-Australian historians offers an absorbing and witty reflection on Irish origins and Irish legacy in his two homes - New Zealand, his birthplace and Australia, his country of citizenship.

The result is a book which is provocative, thoughtful, moving, and funny - and often all at once. O'Farrell combines traditional historical method with less orthodox approaches in his deep concern for a culture, or multiculture, in crisis.

O'Farrell argues that Australians and New Zealanders of Irish descent, and through them, all `Anglo Celts', are living in the ruins of once-grand but now vanished Irish Kingdoms. The cost of this great Irish imperial achievement has been at the expense of Australian and New Zealand cultures and the neglect of imperative colonial needs and opportunities. The outcome has been a drift towards cultural chaos and fragmentation; ghettos of uncommunicating minds.

Vivid human stories, family documentation and reminiscences come together in a way both brilliant and fascinating.


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