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An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of August 27, 2013
Reviewer: Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic from Dublin, Ireland  
This is a magnificent book, a virtual encyclopaedia of Donegal. Would that there were volumes like it for all counties of Ireland

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Tom Devine from Scotland  
THIS IS A LANDMARK BOOK. Beautifully illustrated, accessible and expertly edited, it covers the history, geography, culture and everything else about Donegal from the earliest times to the present day, with a range of references and authority never before attempted. If you only read one book on Donegal, this has to be it.
Tom Devine is Personal Senior Research Professor of History and Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Tom Gallagher from UK  
SO FAR, the twenty-first century has not been that kind to Donegal. Could this remarkable account of the county's natural and human evolution mark a small turning point in its fortunes? It is a reference work that is likely to become a benchmark for understanding this quintessential corner of Ireland well into the future. Replete with maps, photos and illustrations from the ancient to the ultramodern, the cycles of change that have formed the county over millennia are explained in texts of consistently high quality. The editors, with their painstaking approach, have pulled off a minor triumph with a book destined to have an enduring appeal.
Tom Gallagher, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Bradford.

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Professor Michael Kenneally from Canada  
THIS COLLECTION OF ESSAYS by more than fifty scholars and cultural figures introduces readers to the unique physical landscape, unfolding historical narrative, and cultural richness of County Donegal, a place previously perhaps more often imagined than known by outsiders. The variety of subjects treated - the shaping of the land by the ice age, the flight of the earls, the relationship with the sea, tourism and travel, and local traditions in music, art, architecture, language, and literature, among many others - and the range of disciplinary perspectives deployed make this a work of intellectual wonder and fascinating engagement for academic and lay readers alike. Following the appearance from Cork University Press of the Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape and the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, this publication maintains the distinguished research standards and high production values associated with those works but also suggests that scholarship in Irish cultural geography broadly defined is now experiencing an exceptional flowering. By evoking the natural and cultural heritage of County Donegal, and the manner in which its people have been uniquely shaped by landscape and history, this magnificent atlas recasts how a distinct region should be viewed in the context of both historical and contemporary Ireland.
Professor Michael Kenneally Research Chair in Canadian Irish Studies, School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Jonathan Bardon from Northern Ireland  
THIS UNIQUE VOLUME has been conceived and written in the true spirit of the great eighteenth-century encyclopaedists. The editors have marshalled a formidable cohort of specialists and talented writers to produce a book characterised by a remarkable range and depth, replete with chapters which are learned and at the same time accessible. Surely, no county in Ireland has ever been provided with such a sumptuously illustrated, comprehensive, enlightening, up-to-date and absorbing survey as this Donegal Atlas.
Jonathan Bardon, author of A History of Ulster, The Plantation of Ulster and A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Bob Collins from Ireland  
THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK. The breadth of material and disciplines covered is incredible. An extraordinarily comprehensive review offering context, insight and history - all illuminating the lives of communities past and present. Challenging, provocative and revealing by turn, this wonderful atlas adds nuance and subtlety to a story we might have thought we knew.
Bob Collins, Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Former Director-General of RadioTelefis Eireann

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Jennifer Johnston from Ireland  
THE DONEGAL ATLAS is a mighty book that is full of answers to all those unanswerable questions that get so frequently thrown at us by children and visitors, or merely by other people who like ourselves are enthusiastic but woefully ignorant about the land around us. This atlas appears to have it all, from the Stone Age to the present time, from well before St Colmcille to Daniel O'Donnell. There are well-written and ordered sections on rocks, farmlands, parliamentary bills, famous and infamous men and women, animals, fish and birds and much more. It is lavishly illustrated with maps, diagrams, photographs and paintings.
Altogether a great book to have around.
Jennifer Johnston, Novelist.

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Atlas of County Donegal May 28, 2013
Reviewer: Karoline Daugstad from Norway  
THIS ATLAS OFFERS rich insights into the history of Donegal and tells the story of the human-nature relations that have shaped the landscape, culture, social life and economic history of the county over the centuries. The use of maps, drawings, paintings and photographs shows us how landscapes, nature and human activity have evolved in this region. This work also shows how places here have been formed through the operation of a variety of competing gazes, viewpoints and practices. I can highly recommend this book to a wide readership outside as well as inside of academia.
Dr Karoline Daugstad, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

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