Reshaping Ireland, 1550–1700

Colonization and its consequences


Brian Mac Cuarta, editor

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-272-8
April 2011. 380pp; colour ills.

This collection extends our understanding of the colonial paradigm in early modern Ireland. An appraisal of Tudor government policy is complemented by one soldier’s view of late Elizabethan developments. Plantation cartography and building, colonial discourse, the peerage, Caroline political culture, language change and evolving views of the Irish past are further themes. For the 1640s, the administrative framework of the Depositions, revolt in one county, and the role of the Ulster Scots are explored. A final section considers how identities established earlier were shaped by late 17th-century developments: the recasting of the 1640s; the fate of the surviving Catholic elite in the wake of military defeat; and Irish Catholic emigrés in England.

Contributors: Ciaran Brady (TCD), John McGurk (FRHistSoc), Annaleigh Margey (U London), Rolf Loeber (U Pittsburgh) & Terence Reeves-Smyth (NI Environment Agency), Brian Mac Cuarta SJ, Jane Ohlmeyer (TCD), Brendan Kane (U Connecticut), Bernadette Cunningham (RIA), David Finnegan (Goldsmiths), Jason McHugh (St Pat’s, DCU), Aidan Clarke (TCD), Kevin Forkan (NAI), Alan Ford (U Nottingham), Padraig Lenihan (NUIG), Toby Barnard (U Oxford), J.H. Elliott (U Oxford).

Brian Mac Cuarta SJ is the director of Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Rome, and the author of Catholic revival in the north of Ireland, 1603–41 (Dublin, 2007). He is also the editor of Ulster 1641: aspects of the rising (Belfast, 1993).