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This book offers a new perspective on Irish History from the late sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. Many of the chapters address, from national, regional and individual perspectives, the key events, institutions and processes that transformed the history of early modern Ireland. Others probe the nature of Anglo-Irish relations, Ireland's ambiguous constitutional position during these years and the problems inherent in running a multiple monarchy. Where appropriate, the volume adopts a wider comparative approach and casts fresh light on a range of historiographical debates, including the 'New British Histories', the nature of the 'General Crisis' and the question of Irish exceptionalism. Collectively, these essays challenge and complicate traditional paradigms of conquest and colonization. By examining the inconclusive and contradictory manner in which English and Scottish colonists established themselves in the island, it casts further light on all of its inhabitants during the early modern period.
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Table of Contents

1. New perspectives on the English in early modern Ireland Ciaran Brady and Jane Ohlmeyer; 2. The attainder of Shane O'Neill, Sir Henry Sidney and the problems of Tudor state-building in Ireland Ciaran Brady; 3. Dynamics of regional dvelopment: processes of assimilation and division in the marchland of South-East Ulster in late medieval and early modern Ireland Harold O'Sullivan; 4. The 'common good' and the university in an age of confessional conflict Helga Robinson-Hammerstein; 5. The construction of argument: Henry Fitzsimon, John Rider and religious controversy in Dublin, 1599-1614 Brian Jackson; 6. The bible and the bawn: an Ulster planter inventorised R. J. Hunter; 7. 'That bugbear Armenianism': Archbishop Laud and Trinity College, Dublin Alan Ford; 8. The Irish peers, political power and parliament, 1640-1 Jane Ohlmeyer; 9. The Irish elections of 1640-1 Brid McGrath; 10. Catholic confederates and the constitutional relationship between Ireland and England, 1641-9 Micheal O. Siochru; 11. Protestant churchmen and the confederate wars Robert Armstrong; 12. The crisis of the Spanish and the Stuart monarchies in the mid-seventeenth century: local problems or global problems? Geoffrey Parker; 13. Settlement, transplantation and expulsion: a comparative study of the placement of peoples Sarah Barber; 14. Interests in Ireland: the 'fanatic zeal and the irregular ambition' of Richard Lawrence Toby Barnard; 15. Temple's fate: reading the Irish Rebellion in late seventeenth-century Ireland Raymond Gillespie; 16. Conquest versus consent as the basis of the English title to Ireland in William Molyneaux's Case of Ireland ... Stated (1698) Patrick Kelly.

About the Author

Ciaran Brady is Lecturer in History at Trinity College, Dublin. His previous publications include The Chief Governors: The Rise and Fall of Reform Government in Tudor Ireland, 1536-1588 (1995). Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. Her previous publications include Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms (1993), Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660 (1995), Kingdom or Colony?: Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (2000).

Reviews

'... rich and important ...' Reviews in History '... these very different essays testify to the vitality and sophistication of Irish historical studies of the seventeenth century.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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