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.

Reshaping Ireland, 1550–1700 boasts a selection of essays that adds up to an authoritative study of the age of Irish plantations under the Tudors and Stuarts … this text stands as a comprehensive testament to these seminal centuries in Ireland’s history … this set of essays represents an exhaustively researched look at some of the major themes in this period when the English objective was the establishment of plantations among the Gaels … Reshaping Ireland is a first-rate study for any reader attempting to grasp the complexities of the policies of this period', John K. Hayden, Sixteenth Century Journal (2013).

‘This is a collection of essays present to Nicholas Canny to mark his role as a pioneering historian of early modern Ireland ... The essays here are written by former colleagues and students and represent a broad sweep of interest from the Tudor period to the end of the seventeenth century … Usefully events in Ireland are placed in a wider context with comparisons to what was happening in North America during the same period. The book is illustrated with attractive full colour reproductions of colonial maps', Books ‘The editor, Brian Mac Cuarta, has assembled a veritable galaxy of scholars of Tudor-Stuart Ireland and their contributions throw new light on many aspects of the colonising of Ireland … There are many other topics covered in this fascinating and scholarly collection … Books of essays are often of uneven quality. This collection is of uniform excellence throughout. It is both a fitting tribute to Professor Canny and a very useful addition to the study of Tudor-Stuart Ireland', Pat McCarthy, Books Ireland (September 2011).

'A fine tribute to an eminent scholar … one approaches this book with a great curiosity to see how the scholars attempt to fathom the mentality of the Tudor and Stuart governments … the aspects they take on are varied and extremely interesting … The essays are absorbing, the lay out and printing of the book is superb and editor Brian Mac Cuarta and the contributors are to be heartily congratulated', Réamonn Ó Muirí, Seanchas Ard Mhacha (2011).

‘Canny’s peers and former students are brought together in Reshaping Ireland, 1550–1700 to pay written tribute to the man who, as the collection’s editor, Brian Mac Cuarta, puts it in a brief introduction, has been instrumental in making the study of early modern Ireland “part of the wider historiographical mainstream”. Of the many strands running through the honorand’s written work, Mac Cuarta identifies colonization as the most prominent, and employs it here as a means of drawing together the fifteen essays that comprise the volume … these essays make important contributions to the study of early modern Ireland – the subject on which Canny built his career', Christopher Maginn, H-Albion (September 2011).

‘This superb book of essays celebrates the work of Nicholas Canny, professor of history and NUI Galway and currently serving as president of the Royal Irish Academy … Focusing upon the early modern period, Canny’s own area of interest, the editor pulls together the disparate strands of a collection of essays in a skilful way, allowing the reader to sail smoothly through this book, without any of the jarring effects which one sometimes feels in a collection of this nature … This attractive volume, published by Four Courts Press, acts as a fitting tribute to Nicholas Canny', Tara McGovern, Breifne (2012).
Ireland (Summer 2011).

‘Explores a subject that each genealogist or local historian must confront when dealing with Ireland – its colonization and the legacy of the wars, dispossessions and plantations that brought about fundamental changes throughout the country. These periods shaped and, in many cases, reshaped the cultural, religious and national identities of the peoples of Ireland … [this] is a collection of essays presented as a festschrift to one of Ireland’s finest historians, Professor Nicholas Canny of the National University of Ireland, Galway', Michael Merrigan, Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette (August 2011).